Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Honor Thy Father
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Happy Father's Day to you, dads. Young people, do you want to know how to honor your dad? Ladies, do you want to know how to honor the father of your children? Let us look to the Proverbs.
Grace to you.
"My son, hear the instruction of thy
, and forsake not the law of thy mother:"
(Proverbs 1:8; bold added). "Hear, ye children, the instruction of a
, and attend to
know understanding" (Proverbs 4:1; bold added). Do you want to honor Dad? Listen and learn from him.
Do you want to see Dad smile? Become wise. "The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad
: but a foolish son
the heaviness of his mother" (Proverbs 10:1;
bold added). "A wise son maketh a glad
: but a foolish man despiseth his mother"
(Proverbs 15:20; bold added). "He that begetteth a fool
to his sorrow: and
of a fool hath no joy" (Proverbs 17:21; bold added). "A foolish son
, and bitterness to her that bore him" (Proverbs 17:25; bold added). "A
the calamity of his
: and the contentions of a wife
dropping" (Proverbs 19:13; bold added). "The
of the righteous shall greatly
rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise
shall have joy of him" (Proverbs 23:24; bold
Do you want to honor your father and not shame him? Watch the company you keep - "Whoso keepeth the law
a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous
" (Proverbs 28:7; bold added). "Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his
: but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth
(Proverbs 29:3; bold added).
Let me leave any whose father is absent with one of the most beautiful promises in the Bible: "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the windows,
God in his holy
habitation" (Psalms 68:5). God knows fathers are important. He promises to be a father to the fatherless. Happy Father's Day.