The enduring Biblical verses have many insightful quotes and stimulating sayings about the role of a father in his children’s lives that are worth reflecting on Father’s Day.
In the UK, US and Canada, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. In Australia, it is done on the first Sunday of September.
Whether the sentiment comes from the 12th century Bible or to the present day, it remains the same, which is that of a strengthened, loving and emotionally developed father-child relationship. The following Christian verses and sayings are quoted as a way of remembering and thanking fathers on this special day, dedicated solely to them.
A Father Prays for Guidance
Manoah is the father of Samson, the strongest man in the Bible. He believed in God and prayed for guidance. Committed and dedicated parents, father in this case, begs for Divine guidance. He believed that there is need of much care for the right ordering of himself and of his child.
“Then Manoah prayed to the Lord, ‘O Lord, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.'” ~ Judges 13:8
A Father Inspires and Encourages His Children
This two verses are in part, a message of the apostle Paul to the Thessalonians. He says what it means to be a good father. A dutiful Dad inspires, which involve encouragement, teaching, perhaps hand-holding, to show that as a father, he is available.
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who call you into his kingdom and glory.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 2: 11-12
A Father’s Unconditional Love
In the Bible’s second book of Samuel, Absalom rebelled against his father, David, the King of Israel who slew the giant Goliath.
Despite his son’s wayward ways and rebellion against him, David was overwhelmed with grief when he found out his son was killed. He also ordered a great heap of stone to be erected where Absalom fell. David’s unconditional love for his erring son are poignantly quoted.
“King David commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, ‘Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.’ And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders.” ~ 2 Samuel 18: 5
“King David was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: ‘O my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you – O Absalom: my son, my son!'” ~ 2 Samuel 18: 33
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A Father’s Respectful Concern over His Family
The quoted verse is Job’s godly concern for his children which he did with respect and not out of authority. He was blessed with a healthy and wonderful family. His children had grown up and settled in their own homes, and he saw them prospering in wealth as they feasted regularly in each other’s homes.
Job was aware of his children’s proper conducts and activities. He kept a close contact on them without intruding in their own affairs.
In the heart of this loving father, there was true concern for their spiritual well-being. He knew temptation even in legitimate happiness and his fatherly concern was ever constant.
“When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, ‘Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.'” ~ Job 1: 4-5
A Good Father Disciplines
The book of Proverbs in the Bible has full of wisdom. This quote captures discipline as a sign of love, and the best example is the love of God, the father. It’s sad to think of those who possibly adhere to the modern philosophy of bringing up children which disregards discipline.
A good father should inculcate to his children that discipline equates to love and not disfavor, and children should understand it this way.
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” ~ Proverbs 3: 11-12