Summary: Good for Father’s Day or Children’s Day. Children have God-ordained spiritual rights. Adults have a responsibility before God to fulfill them.
A Child’s Bill of Rights
A father is God’s physical representative in the home. It is the responsibility of the father (and the mother to a lesser degree) to be an example of God before his children. If a father gives a misrepresentation of God, his children will be confused about what God is really like.
I. A Child Has the Right to A Father
A. God’s highest will for the family is one mother and one father for the children with which God will bless that union
B. Men, if you know a child that does not have a father in the home, you should do what you can, within propriety, to show that child masculine love & example
1. In this day of single-parent families, the church has a responsibility to be a “father to the fatherless.”
2. James 1:27 - Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
C. What a blessing to know that we all can enjoy a relationship with a Father who is a father to the fatherless; our heavenly Father.
II. A Child Has the Right to Hear Its Father Pray
A. Children learn by example - if they do not hear or see their parents praying, they will not be prayers. Luke 18:1 KJV And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
B. Now the choice is up to you, if you don’t want to teach your children to pray, that’s your prerogative, but don’t call your home a Christian home.
III. A Child Has the Right to Loving Discipline.
A. Discipline is more than just grounding or spanking or a time-out chair; discipline is erecting fences of loving protection for your child.
B. Discipline says, “This is as far as you are allowed to go, because I know the negative consequences of going farther.”
C. Of course, discipline does include the negative results from crossing the barrier set up by a parent. When a child willfully disobeys, he is asking for someone to stand up and say, “Hold it, You have crossed the line and you must bear the consequences.”
D. Proverbs 3:11 – “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: 12: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
E. Proverbs 13:24 – “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”
IV. A Child Has the Right to See Unconditional Love Lived Out between its Father and Mother.
A. It has been said that the greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.
1. The husband-wife relationship is one which should reflect the relationship of Christ & His church.
2. Eph 5:25 – “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”
B. Husbands, don’t be afraid to show affection to your wife in front of your children. It makes them feel secure to know that their father loves their mother.
V. A Child Has the Right to Be Taught Forgiveness
Luke 17:4 “And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”