Last time in this series A Family That Prays Together, Stays Together, I looked at Fathers Respect Mothers Part 1. It was quite a brief look at this topic, and today we’ll spend a bit more time looking at it.
So let’s again take a look at what respect is.
According to the Mirriam-Webster dictionary it is:
: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way
In families it is very important for a father to treat a mother this way. When a father treats a mother with respect:
– their children will learn to respect their mother mother as well
– those on the outside will learn to respect the mother as well
– the mother will see that she is valued and confidently go about training her children in the right way
– the children will learn to respect ALL authority.
I highlighted this last one specifically because many of us do not realize that when we undermine the authority on another person, we are in fact undermining all authority.
If a father undermines the authority of the mother to the children, they will continue to obey him when they are little, but, as they grow older they will not respect his authority any more or any authority for that matter.
And this authority here is not just limited to the authority of humans, but God’s authority as well. You see, parents stand as God’s authority for their children on earth. If children cannot respect the authority that is on earth, how will they be able to respect, love and obey God?
And so today, as we pray for fathers, let us pray that they respect mothers as equal parents and individuals, as valuable individuals, and as the authorities that God intended for them to be to their children. In so doing, they will be establishing God’s authority to their children as well.