This month, I would like to speak directly to husbands and fathers. We men have a calling from the Lord to lead our family.
First, we must first be trained in righteousness.
II Timothy3:16-17 reads, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” We must first believe and know the Scriptures we are to teach our family. The Bible corrects us where we fall short, trains us, and equips us for every good work, including the good work of loving and leading our wives and children.
Second, we read Scripture with our wives.
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word” (Ephesians 5:25-26).
Men, love your wives, not simply saying you love her, but from the heart of selflessness, give yourself up for her. Love your wives enough to learn the Scripture with her and allow God to convict sin and apply His grace in Christ Jesus. The Bible cleanses us and our wives; the Lord strengthens a holy marriage.
Third, we teach the Bible to our children.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
Not simply discipline and instruction, but making our children disciples of the Lord. We are to train up our children in the ways of God from His Word, for there is no better way to prepare them for the world. All other instruction is secondary to the instruction of God.
Husbands and fathers, nourish your family with the milk of the Word of God. Yet first, you must first long for the pure milk of the Word (I Peter 2:2). You will teach and live what you desire. Desire God in His Word, and desire Him for your family.