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As a Christian father, I realize that I have the opportunity to impact and influence the lives of generations to follow through the life that I live and the instructions that I give. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon used the phrase, “my son,” twenty-three times. It was absolutely clear to him that he had a personal and parental responsibility to teach and train his children.

The first time Solomon used the phrase is in Proverbs 1:8¸”My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.” This certainly implied that he was giving his children godly wisdom. Fathers should share advice, counsel, and insight with their children from the Word of God regularly. Teach them what is right and what is wrong according to the Scriptures. Instill the precepts and principles of right in them as you talk and walk throughout each and every day.

Proverbs 1:9 reminds us that the teaching and training of a godly dad are “an ornament of grace” upon the children who receive and respect them. Godly training is like precious jewels and brings both value and worth to every child who hears and heeds it.

In Proverbs 1:10 and 14, Solomon used the phrase again as he exhorted his children, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not…My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path.” Part and parcel of righteous training by dads is the warning to flee evil. We must tell our children if they are walking with the wrong crowd, they will end up in the wrong places doing the wrong things. Every godly dad desires for his children to stay on the right path and stay off the wrong path.

Dad, it is imperative that you live this out before your children if you would teach them these truths with your lips. Don’t be a hypocrite by telling them one thing and doing another. Be an example that your children can follow. Love God. Live for Him. Learn of Him.

See you Sunday!