5 Truths for Fathers from Billy Graham

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Who is the man who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose. —Psalm 25:12 (NASB)

In honor of Father’s Day, here are five truths from Billy Graham to keep in mind.

1. You can be a good father.

Even if your dad wasn’t a good example or wasn’t in the picture at all, you don’t have to fear fatherhood. You have a heavenly Father who will never fail you.
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Why you shouldn’t fear fatherhood.

2. God wants you to honor your father.

It might not be easy, but it is a mandate from God. The Bible says, “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 5:16).
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: What does it mean to honor your father?

3. Time is precious.

Harboring resentment doesn’t glorify God or serve in your best interest. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow, so fathers, children—make the most of whatever time you have today. Consider James 4:14, which says, “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Grab the chance to reconnect with your father.

4. Be patient and loving.

Find your strength and peace in God. Billy Graham has said, “Only Christ can meet the deepest needs of our world and our hearts. Christ alone can bring lasting peace.”
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Persevere in Christ as a single dad.
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: Pray for a verbally abusive father.

5. Prayer is powerful.

Pray for your family, your children, your children’s children (even if they aren’t here yet). Billy Graham says prayer is powerful and a great privilege for those who trust in the Lord.
>>Read Billy Graham’s Answer: If you don’t pray for your children, who will?

Bonus Link:

Need a reminder of how much your heavenly Father really does love you? Spend some time in God’s Word with this study by Anne Graham Lotz.

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  1. Uche Geoffrey says:

    “Pray for your children and your children’s children.” I will remember not to forget this. Thank you. Uche.

  2. Nancy Tallman says:

    Thanks for your words of God. God bless you.

  3. Dan B. says:

    After 40 years of marriage with 3 children and 11 grandchildren, God is still molding and shaping me to be a Godly man and role model to my children and grandchildren. I have have learned that patience is a virtue that we must demonstrate, and above all loving as we are loved by our Heavenly Father. Fathers, take time and advantage of the teachable moments to speak truth.

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  5. Deirdre O'Shea says:

    Thank you for providing me with these great Biblical verses.

  6. Judie P says:

    Thank you for helping fathers to see themselves as our Father in Heaven sees them. Lead by example. It is so missing in this selfish, material living in the moment world. Thank you for this is the way, truth and light for now and future generations.

  7. Nick Alise says:

    The BGEA offered a free book after your dad did a revival in the early 1970’s in Ft. Lauderdale. I had not attended the meeting, but got the book, which was the catalyst for my coming to Christ a few years later! My wife and I raised our beautiful family as a godly, Christian home. Our grandchildren all go to Christian schools, and compete to say our meal blessings! God bless the BGEA and all you have done for the WORLD!

  8. Patricia de la Tejera says:

    We must pray daily for the defeat of Satan in all our schools, colleges, and universities.

  9. Jim Patterson says:

    Love the Lord, for He is the forgiving Father and gave us his only begotten Son. In Jesus name I pray for my children & children’s children.

  10. Jeff Rollins says:

    Thank you so much for perseverance.