Fatherhood: Are a good role model to your children? Read to find out

Last Sunday was the international day of Fathers. The social networks were filed with positive tributes to fathers. These are types of Fathers from the Bible.

Find out below;

1. ABUSIVE FATHER .. King Saul had wanted Jonathan, his son, to be the next king. The heart of the father always wants the best for his children. But somehow God chose David to be the next king. King Saul knew that David would be the next king instead of his son. However, Jonathan and David were very good friends and one day out of anger, King Saul scolded his son, Jonathan: 
‘Saul’s anger flared up at Jonathan and he said to him, “You son of a perverse and rebellious woman! Don’t I know that you have sided with the son of Jesse to your own shame and to the shame of the mother who bore you’’ …1 Samuel 20: 30 
Those strong words must have hurt his son so deeply. Abusive fathers always place curses on their own children and hardly forgives their mistakes. He can even disown his own child in anger. 

2. ABSENTEE FATHER – Paul saw Timothy as a young and special pastor. He also saw something wonderful about his grandmother Lois: 
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5 
How many believe Timothy had a father and a grandfather? Obviously he had them. 
But where were Timothy’s father and grandfather? It wasn’t mentioned in the Bible. The Bible is silent on this. Maybe Timothy’s father was too busy working. We won’t know. Our children should be brought up not only by mother but more importantly, the father. The role model of man cannot be found anywhere in Timothy’s life so is today’s society. For example, look at the prayer meetings in churches, they are mostly attended by women. Why don’t men assume the spiritual role-model and leadership in the home and church? Men should rise up to take up their rightful leadership. Some fathers are always away from home and the wife will be there alone to raise the kids. The father must lead his children to the heavenly father.

3. AHAB TYPE OF FATHER (1 Kings 21) – The father is weak and the mother and children run the show. Very strong wife and a very strong mother in this case. But please don’t blame the wife because the husband and the father is not taking up the responsibility and somebody has to do it. It’s not God’s perfect will for the wife to take the leadership in the home but she has no choice. This is not good. Jezebel became a terrorist because Ahab was a weak husband and a weak father 

4. ABDICATE FATHER (1 Samuel 2:22) – We can be so busy serving in the church, doing business or busy with our works that we neglected our children and wives. 
“Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.” 1 Samuel 2: 22 
High Priest Eli relinquished his rights and responsibility as a father. It is so sad that a high priest’s sons were corrupt and sinful. The amazing thing was that Eli did not correct, discipline or rebuke his children. 
“Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” Proverbs 13: 24 
If parents don’t discipline their children, one day the government would discipline them. Fathers, don’t abdicate your role especially in disciplining! 

5. ABRAHAM TYPE OF FATHER (Genesis 18: 19) – Provide a good role model for your children. Your words are louder than your actions. Children imitate their fathers. So don’t ask your children not to do something that you would do. 
“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18: 19 
Let us be inspired by father Abraham. He received an outstanding appraisal from God because he taught righteousness to his children and household. 

By Evangelist Timothy Ofoegbu
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