The father is the first one who comes in contact with the newborn child. Thus, the child’s father has a special responsibility toward the child. The Bible says that we are responsible for our children. This article will discuss some important Bible verses on fathers’ responsibilities.

What does the Bible say about fathers being absent?

The Bible says that fathers are to be present in their families. This is a critical point and one that we must not lose sight of. Fatherhood is a calling and one that must be pursued with all the energy and commitment we can muster.

There are many ways this can be done, but there are also some self-explanatory instructions about what a father should do when he does not live with his family.

First, it is important to note that this passage does not say that the father has to live with his family all the time or even most of the time. Instead, it says that he should have “a place” where he will go when he wants to see them.

The idea here is that a father should have a regular schedule where he goes home at some point each day or week. If you don’t have such a routine, your children will probably feel abandoned and insecure, especially if they have young children who need constant attention and care.

There is nothing wrong with being away from home for an extended period if it is necessary for your job, business, or ministry.

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 Bible Verses about Fathers Responsibilities

We all have to follow the rules and regulations of our home. However, fathers have more responsibilities than mothers, which is valid for all ages. There are many Bible verses about fathers’ responsibilities, but here are 25 important Bible verses about fathers responsibilities.

Colossians 3:21 – Contrasting discipline and encouragement.

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Colossians 3:21 (ESV)

Colossians 3_21 - A Father Must Avoid Frustrating Their Child

Parents who prioritize discipline over encouragement run the risk of inciting their children to become resentful, frustrated, angry, depressed, or even worse. The constant “nagging” or reprimanding of a child can also impede their growth by restricting their inventiveness.

Children and their parents are increasingly becoming estranged in today’s society. It is crucial for parents, kids, and church groups to resist being influenced by modern norms and reintroduce godly values and biblical teaching in their homes to prevent today’s kids from growing up to be frustrated and discouraged parents.

Luke 2:51 – A father’s responsibility is without question.

And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

Luke 2:51 (ESV)

Luke 2_51 - A Father'S Responsibility Is Without Question

Luke writes about the incident of Little Jesus missing amongst the crowd. Joseph would have left him at the temple because he was informed that Jesus is the son of God, but as a father, he took up his responsibility to find his son.

Numbers 1:1-54 – Imitate God’s concern towards us.

The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tent of meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying, “Take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel, by clans, by fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male, head by head. From twenty years old and upward, all in Israel who are able to go to war, you and Aaron shall list them, company by company. And there shall be with you a man from each tribe, each man being the head of the house of his fathers. And these are the names of the men who shall assist you. From Reuben, Elizur the son of Shedeur; …

Numbers 1:1-54 (ESV) 

Numbers 1_1-54 - Imitate God'S Concern Towards Us

This is how God demonstrates to us how much concern and interest He has in each and every one of His people. It is a very straightforward reality, but it is undoubtedly reassuring to the soul, and this will be noted for the planet.

Most people’s hearts gravitate toward that because we can all appreciate the sweetness of being counted for heaven, but even those who find the most solace in thinking about how God’s plans have secured their place in eternity are prone to forget the immediate interest the Lord has in all our actions.

Psalm 103:13 – He is aware of all our flaws.

 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him
Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
Psalm 103_13 - He Is Aware Of All Our Flaws
The tender-hearted pity and grace that God extends to each of His children utterly eclipse the loving sympathy that every father on earth feels. He is aware of all our flaws. He is aware of our human limitations, our insecurities, and the fact that we are only dust.
However, He has saved us from a miry pit and given us such riches of His kindness that we should always exalt His holy name. This is all because of His mercy and grace.

Ephesians 6:4 – A father’s behavior.

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)
Ephesians 6_4 - A Father'S Behavior
Paul is concerned with our anger. As a father, there are certain behaviors we ought to refrain from in order to placate kids. Yelling, harsh punishment, overly strict boundaries, bossiness, etc. are examples of this type of behavior.
The most crucial aspect of raising children is ensuring that they learn to value Christ, the Lord, as a Savior, Lord, and Treasure of life. Everything is judged by its potential biblical attainment.
O Lord, give us fathers the ability to more sincerely teach our children—even our grown children—to love Christ above everything else.

Colossians 3:21 – A father must avoid frustrating their child.

 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

Colossians 3:21 (NIV)

Colossians 3_21 - A Father Must Avoid Frustrating Their Child

While a child must obey, a father must avoid frustrating them because this could harm their emotions or spirits and discourage them. Parents can aggravate their kids in a variety of ways.

A child can become discouraged, demotivated, or just irritated if their parents take an overly dictatorial approach, show thoughtless indifference to them, or have little to no discipline at home. Paul is proposing here a wise balance between criticism and praise, between discipline and encouragement.

Proverbs 3:11-12 – Love comes first.

 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)
Proverbs 3_11-12 - Love Comes First

Similar to an earthly father, the Lord may punish us as a result of our disobedience and sin, and his goals in doing so are to prompt us to repentance. Other times, His correction may be utilized to get us ready for a specific blessing He wants to offer us, but His correction is capable of both.

No matter what form the Lord’s rebuke takes or how much suffering we may endure, He will never correct us without first loving us.

Proverbs 22:6 – Prayer.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Proverbs 22_6 - Prayer

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the honor, responsibility, and delight of the children You have given me. I humbly ask that You lead me in how I should bring them up and educate them, and I pray that they will have a healthy fear of the Lord.

May they develop godly character, make sensible decisions, and learn to be both accountable to authority and responsible to others. In the name of Jesus, I humbly ask that you keep them away from worldly practices, guide and rule their lives, and may never stray from the path of righteousness.

Malachi 4:6 – Repentance is the fruit of penitence.

 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
Malachi 4:6 (NIV)
Malachi 4_6 - Repentance Is The Fruit Of Penitence
“He will return the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers,” declares the Lord, calling His people to repentance and restoration. This is the fruit of our penitence

Proverbs 23:24 – Demonstrate upright wisdom to them.

 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.

Proverbs 23:24 (NIV)

Proverbs 23_24 - Demonstrate Upright Wisdom To Them

Wisdom and righteousness are acquired traits. As a father, you have to demonstrate them through lectures, discipline, and example. While you should pray for God’s favor and kindness in your children’s lives, He also wants you to demonstrate upright wisdom to them, teach them about it, and hold them accountable for it since it is the method He selected for them.

Psalm 127:3-5 – Children are a blessing and a heritage from the Lord.

 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.
Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV)
Children are a blessing and a heritage from the Lord, and the Bible contains many instructions for parents on how to raise their children in a Christian manner.
May we who have been given the honor of being parents by the Lord recognize the tremendous responsibility that has been placed upon us. For God’s greater honor and glory, kindly assist us in raising our kids in the discipline and instruction of the Lord while also feeding them the live Word of Truth.

Proverbs 14:26 – Those who do God’s will are wise and have unfailing security for themselves and their families

He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
Proverbs 14:26 (NIV)

The insightful words of Solomon are continued in this verse, which once more mainly draws comparisons between the good and the bad. He makes the point that those who act evilly by rejecting God’s wisdom are foolish and insecure (Proverbs 1:7). Those who do God’s will are wise and have unfailing security for themselves and their families (Proverbs 3:5).

Proverbs 23:22 – Listen to your father.

 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Proverbs 23:22 (NIV)
Listen to your father. Pay attention to his advice and follow it. Even if it were explained to you, he is more aware of life than you are. He is more familiar with you than you are. More than you do, he is concerned about you and your future.

Your narrow perspective is vain and silly. His advice is a product of his love for you, his desire for your success, his feeling of responsibility, and his experience and wisdom. Listen to your father and you will spare yourself a great lot of suffering in this life and punishment from God.

Joshua 24:15 – Accepting God’s invitation.

 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

God extends his invitation to us, and it is up to us to make a choice, just as Joshua did for Israel. Then we choose to come to him and serve him every day, putting our decision into action. Some refer to this exchange of invitation and response as an act of faith.

As the head of the house, when a father accepts the invitation to serve God, He (God) will, in turn, accept the father and his household to his kingdom.

Joshua 1:9 – Prayer

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Loving father, I thank You for demonstrating Your faithfulness to Your people throughout all eras. Help me to have Joshua’s strength in the Lord. Help me to depend on You in all of life’s challenges, knowing that You are always by my side to carry out all my responsibility as a father to my children. I ask in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Proverbs 20:7 – To be a righteous father in the eyes of God, you have to live a blameless life.

The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
Proverbs 20:7 (NIV)

In this verse, God promises to bless the children of a righteous man. To be a righteous father in the eyes of God, you have to live a blameless life, and the reward for living this kind of life is that your children will be blessed.

Exodus 20:12 – God’s command to parents.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Exodus 20:12 (NIV)

A child’s parents introduce them to all forms of authority and help shape their attitude toward the law. The Lord has commanded parents to raise their children in the path they should go and assist in molding good deeds and attitudes toward other people as well as a child’s understanding of God and His salvation plan.

Hebrews 12:7 – God wants to bring every child of His to full maturity as sons.

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?
Hebrews 12:7 (NIV)
The fact that God is dealing with us as His sons and that His fatherly training and correction are a reflection of His profound love for us and not an angry response or killjoy attitude is something we try to avoid too often when we try to short-circuit his godly child-training in our lives.
If our earthly dads teach and train us through their own, imperfect human correction, how much more superior is God’s perfect, godly training program? God wants to bring every child of His to full maturity as sons.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 – Worldview should not overshadow God’s way.

These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NIV)

Every aspect of life is affected by the global worldview. Every member of the human race now receives it inundated with the laws that govern our country and through a variety of other channels, including the media, advertising, education, entertainment, work, and religion.
How quickly any of us can be led away from the Bible and a godly perspective and toward the man-centeredness of a secular worldview? May we be aware of the grave spiritual threat we face and resolve to carefully impart the truth to our children and their children.

Deuteronomy 1:29-31 – It is certainly a father’s duty to protect his children.

 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”
Deuteronomy 1:29-31 (NIV)
In this passage, verse 31 speaks about the responsibility of a father to his child. It is certainly a father’s duty to protect his children no matter what; here, God calls fathers to remember their responsibilities to their children. By doing this, we glorify his name.

Ephesians 6:1-4 – Parents are expected to train their children in accordance with God’s desire.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4 (ESV) 

Children are required to obey their parents in the Lord because that is right, and parents are expected to train their children in accordance with God’s desire.

All children have a responsibility to respect and follow their parents in the Lord because doing so is not only right and proper but also God’s will.

The bond between parents and children is essential for all of humanity. Scripture provides a clear framework of the family structure and each member’s behavior, and those who follow it will live lives that honor the Lord and serve as a good example to others.

Matthew 7:9-11 – God desires to bless us.

 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him
Matthew 7:9-11 (NIV)
If we have a persistent attitude in prayer, God will show us His gracious attitude. He desires and desires to bless us. He is, after all, our perfect and wise heavenly Father.
If we give our children what is best for them out of love, our heavenly Father will do the same. We must not only be persistent in prayer but also confident. Our loving Father is the one who hears our prayers!

Genesis 18:19 – More responsibilities.

For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
Genesis 18:19 (NIV)
One of the responsibilities of a father is to be the head of the family. As the head of the household, it is his duty to direct his children and keep them on the right path that leads to God.
1 Corinthians 16:13 – Call on the father for guidance.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13(NIV)
Paul calls out to all fathers to be a protector of their families. Fathers are to be on guard,  stand in faith, and trust in the Lord to guide them to fulfill their duties to their families. Raising a child can be increasingly difficult at times, but the word of God encourages fathers to be steadfast and stand firm in his word.

John 3:16 – God’s act of love.

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16(NIV)
In this verse, God demonstrates his fatherly love toward us, his children by sending his beloved son to bear our sins so we can be saved to partake with him in heaven on the last day.
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