Thoughts on Fatherhood....

 

"...Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Eph. 6:4

"The children look to the father for support and guidance; he needs to have a right conception of life and of the influences and associations that surround his family; above all, he should be controlled by the love and fear of God and by the teaching of His word, that he may guide the feet of his children in the right way..."

"The father...will bind his children to the throne of God by living faith. Distrusting his own strengh, he hangs his helpless soul on Jesus and takes hold of the strenth of the Most High."

"The Father, as the head of his own household, should understand how to train his children for usefulness and duty. This is his special work, above every other."

"The father must exert an influence over his children which shall be stronger than the allurements of the world. He should study the disposition and character of the members of his little circle, that

he may understand their needs and their dangers and thus be prepared to repress the wrong and encourage the right."

"Fathers spend as much time as possible with your children. Seek to become acquainted with their various dispositions, that you may know how to train them in harmony with the Word of God."

Fathers,...combine affection with authority, kindness and sympathy with firm restraint. Give some of your leisure hours to your children; become acquainted with them; associate with them in their work and in their sports, and win their confidence. Cultivate friendship with them, especially with your sons. In this way you will be a strong influence for good."

Various counsels from The Adventist Home by E.G. White