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Bible Texts: Gen.4:1, Deut.6:7-10,, Jos.24:15, Eph.6:4, Col.3:21, Matt.5:14-16, 1Tim.3:1-4, Rom.10:10, Acts 10:34-37, Mal.2:14-15, Mk.9:29, Heb.11:1, Lk.18:1

Yesterday by the help of the Holy Spirit, you and I learnt that the husbandman has a glorious position in the covenant marriage relationship. You must be conscious of this new reality that God has opened your eyes to see. You must also understand that you are the greatest asset to your wife and children. You must make your life count positively for God, your wife, children and home.

Let us move a step further to consider your right standing in nurturing your children as commanded by Scripture in Ephesians chapter 6 and verse 4.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the way and admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4).

Your right standing in the marriage relationship when it comes to your children is to nurture them in the way and principles of the word of God. What this means is for you to be the godly example of a father they would want to be or have. It also means that you train them, teach them, guide and inspire them to live after the patterns of Christ both in words and conduct. Joshua, speaking declared that as for me and my house we will serve the Lord (Jos.24:15). This is in addition to providing for their needs.

You must understand that your position as shepherd over your children is not transferrable and not part-time. It is a full time work. You must be intentional in nurturing them so that they become what God has ordained for them-a glorious destiny (Is.61:9). Read this passage of the Bible deeply. It is an instruction God gave to the fathers. And you shall teach them diligently unto thy teach children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up (Deut.6:7). In Eph.6:4, the Bible says, and ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath but bring them you in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph.6:4). Note that the responsibility to nurture the children is that of the fathers and not mothers. So, it is your call to bring up your children and train them. In 1st Tim.3:1-5, the Bible further directs that, if a man desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work… he is the husband of one wife….apt to teach and one that rules well his own house, having children in subjection with all gravity (1Tim.3:1,3-5).

That is your right standing in your marriage for your children as the good and godly husbandman. I want you to be excited that being a father in marriage and staying as a father in marriage is a blessing and not a burden. You are God’s representative and ambassador to your children.  


  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me to function as the good and godly father to my children.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, empower me with wisdom to nurture my children in the way of the Lord.
  • Father, in the Name of Jesus, deliver me from every force of irresponsibility.


I am empowered by God through the Person of the Holy Spirit to nurture my children in the way and admonition of the Lord because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.

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Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure

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