The Father and Son Relationship
Bill Brady 7/21/18
As fathers and sons we become mutually accountable to one another.
- We give each other permission to correct one another when needed.
- This is because we are all adults.
- And while we have a father and son relationship.
- Our relationship is first of all a relationship between two believing adults.
Paul gave good advice to Timothy about how to correct and adult believer.
“Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.”
- Do not rebuke of an older believer.
- Exhortation not rebuke.
- Exhortation is probably the best choice in all cases.
Correction, rebuke and exhortation is best done in private.
- When given by a father to a son.
- Or a son to a father.
- Followed by a request for forgiveness if needed.
It can be difficult for a son to correct a father.
- If either the father or the son see the son’s position as under the father.
It can be difficult for a father to correct a son.
- If the son has not given the father permission to correct them.
- In this case that son should not yet be functioning publicly as a father.
- One of the first requirements for leadership is that one be teachable.
The father is in a place of greater honor than the son. But…
- The father voluntarily gives up that place to serve the son as a father.
- The father puts himself under the son to serve the son out of love.
- The son responds by loving and honoring the father.
- Bringing them into a relationship of mutual honor and love.
- And the father back to a place of greater honor.
All honor is given voluntarily.
- None is demanded or required.
- None of us lords it over another.
- Each of us serves one another from love.