Fathers Matter-Leading the Band

Families are struggling today, and this has been happening for decades. Although there are many theories as to why, the best solution is found in God’s Word. After all, He designed the family to be the foundational unit of society, and He knows best how it should operate. No family goes without hardship, but God’s principles can help people navigate those ups and downs in a way that glorifies Him. Scripture clearly teaches that the Lord has entrusted headship in the home to the husband and father (1 Corinthians 11:3). This doesn’t mean that men are superior or more spiritual than women (Galatians 3:27-28); it simply shows that God, in His sovereign wisdom, has given them different roles. Even though our culture may find this offensive, it doesn’t change God’s ordained order, nor does is excuse fathers who abdicate this role. According to Scripture, the father’s responsibility is to lead his family physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Most dads work hard to provide for material needs, and many give the family adequate time and love. But how many are diligent to lead spiritually? Dads are responsible for teaching their children to read Scripture and pray, as well as for modeling righteousness. Wives and churches contribute to the spiritual training of children, too, but fathers will be held accountable to the Lord for spiritual leadership. Although this assignment is daunting, God has provided both His Spirit and His Word to guide and empower dads to accomplish it. When fathers take their rightful place, family relationships will improve.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 16, 2019.

All to the glory of God.

Paul gives 4 principles for Christian liberty in 1 Corinthians 10:23-33: 1) edification over gratification (v. 23); 2) others over self (v. 24); 3) liberty over legalism (vv. 25-27); and 4) condescension over condemnation (vv. 28-30).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 10:23-30.



I don’t want to make light of what I’m about to say, but I use this image to lighten a sometimes pretty heavy subject.  That subject being that many of us have in the past, now are, or will in the future deal with some pretty hurtful things from someone in our family.  It’s just the way relationships are.  Sometimes people can make a mess of their lives (just look at her!), and sometimes relationships become messy.

Our families are our greatest blessings-and sometimes our greatest burdens.  When we have tension in our marriages or homes, we suffer deep pain, anger, or anxiety.  When we’re worried about a loved one, the distress can become obsessive.

There are four things we can do in every circumstance: (1) Love unconditionally.  Remember, loving someone doesn’t mean endorsing his or her behavior.  (2) Model the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  When we’re loving, joyful, peaceful, and patient, it always improves the climate.  (3) As much as possible, keep open the lines of communication.  (4) Pray.

Our families are precious blessings that should be treated with prayer.  Remember, God can do more with them than we can.


Portions of commentary from David Jeremiah’s Turning Point Devotional, November 19/20, 2016.

Photo credit: T. Link