Men of the older generation were all about being the “head of the house.” Yet, being a leader doesn’t mean disqualifying your partner’s thoughts and feelings. There has to be compromise somewhere.
And when a man leads, where is he leading his followers? God wants us to remain focused on him at all times. Everything we do, and everyone we lead, we should be directing to God.
“But if it doesn’t please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today: Which will you worship—the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living? As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
Sex is everywhere. That has become a trite statement, but is nevertheless true. Movies sell sex, video games, phone apps, billboards, magazines.
“‘Food is for the stomach and the stomach for food,’ and God will do away with both of them. However, the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” (1 Corinthians 6:13)
I was exposed to porn as a child long before my family ever had “the talk.” Many children under ten years of age are discovering porn.
Fathers who have the chance should talk to their sons about sex in all its various forms. Despite the discomfort, having the talk will aid your son in making holy and healthy choices in life.
By having the talk early, fathers can save their children from potentially poor experiences.
God has blessed humanity with sex, but sex is a gift reserved for the proper setting of marriage. When sons learn to honor themselves, they will know how to honor their wives too.
5. Being Teachable
This is a quality fathers expect from their sons, but they often forget themselves, especially in old age. There will never be a day where you know everything. Every person you know, knows something that you don’t—whether that something is significant or insignificant.
That means you have an opportunity to learn from everyone. Being teachable means being open to learning new ideas.
This is a hard lesson for fathers to teach because they see themselves as the teacher for their children. That is true, but surely fathers can learn something too.
“Let a wise person listen and increase learning, and let a discerning person obtain guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5)
When we keep ourselves open to learning, we also allow for God to instruct us. His Word certainly guides us, but he also uses our relationships to form us into better believers. The more we are open to listen, the more we will learn in the end.
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