Is There a Man in the House?

References:–> Hebrews 12:7,10
God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them.

Our nation’s families face a desperate situation. Sixty percent of all the children born in your community today will spend at least part of the first 18 years of life without a father in their lives. And too many men who remain with their families are passive, disengaged, uninvolved.

As a result, many young men do not know what it means to be a man. They experience neither a father’s discipline nor his tender care and nurture. They have no role model of what a real man does, how he acts and how he relates to the opposite sex.

Frankly, those of us in the Christian community are partly to blame. We have the truth, but we’ve been far too quiet. We haven’t equipped men or women to understand how God designed the sexes to function and complete one another. We’ve not countered the feminists who have completely redefined the role of women, and emasculated men in the process.

Without being simplistic, let me recommend three things you can do.

First, pray. As a father, pray for yourself, that you will be a real man in the biblical sense-a man who humbly and sacrificially leads and loves your family.

Second, shape your own definition and conviction of what a real man is.

And third, provide your sons and daughters with a clear understanding of sexual identity. This is more than sex education. We need to train our children about the responsibilities of men and women and how they are to relate to one another.

Talk to your sons and daughters about what being a man means. Help your sons become men who honor their commitments, persevere and serve their families. Help your daughters understand what a real man is and what they should expect from him. Our youth need someone to tell them what a real man is and what he does.

Prayer:
That God will help you as husband and wife to understand manhood as God would have it, and communicate this to your children.

Discuss:
As a man, in what areas do you need to grow? How can your wife help you in this?

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