Real Men (4)

A real man loves his children (2). As we saw before, he teaches them about God. In the words of Paul, he is to "bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord " (Ephesians 6:4). He teaches them the Bible and its application to life. By his own example, he shows them the way to live an honorable life. He applies God’s truth to daily situations, pointing out the relevance of God’s word to everything that we do and all that happens to us. His own reactions to difficulty provide a pattern for his children to follow. He also administers admonition. When they violate a principle he has taught them, he disciplines his children. Depending upon their age, he uses either physical pain or verbal rebuke or deprivation of privileges – or all three. He thus imitates God the Father. "Whom the Lord loves, He chastens (disciplines)" (Hebrews 12:6, quoting Proverbs 3:12). Here again, his own response to God’s loving chastisement in his own life will show his children how they should receive rebuke or punishment. All this takes time. It requires that a man know the Bible and live it out in his everyday walk. A good father must also know his children well enough to be able to match the proper type of training to their individual personalities and situations. Only a man who carefully studies the Scriptures, shares many hours with his children, and constantly prays for them will be able to prepare them for life.