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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Teaching Sons to be Men of Honor

Last week the men gathered around at our church and together with their sons studied and discussed six points of honorable men.
I cannot tell you how appreciative I am to have a church where the men are committed to exhorting eachother to godly manhood and are also passionate about passing that onto their sons.
It is invaluable.
Sons learn by example, they watch their fathers and the men around them to find their definition of what masculinity is. If they see Christian men serving the Lord, loving their wives, viewing children as blessings, and working hard, then they will also learn these desirable traits. 
It is also the same on the other hand---if boys have role models that are the opposite, men that oppose the Lord, ignore or abuse their wives, despise children and are lazy then they might be more inclined to pick up their wayward ways as well.
Mothers, our sons are not perfect and definitely need all the help they can get. We need to be petitioning the Lord for these young boys, crying out for their salvation daily, and praying for a hedge of protection around them when Satan comes calling.
Now here are the six points that were mentioned at the meeting:
 Men of Honor....

1. Tell the truth
2. Fulfill their duties
3. Do not demand respect--they earn it.
4. They can be trusted
5. They consider others above themselves
6. They honor those in authority
This would make a great study or discussion with your own sons. Print it out and talk about:
men of the Bible
historical figures
preachers of old
war veterans
characters of nobility in movies and books, etc. 
They all also looked over George Washington's Rules of Civility that you can find HERE. We had some good fun reading through them at our dinner table the other night!
When the going gets tough don't give up on your sons, dear mamas, but lovingly get on your knees for them instead.
Valuable Resources:
Warrior Prayers: Praying for Boys in the Area They Need It Most
Preparing Sons 
Future Men
Rebuilding a Culture of Virtuous Boyhood
Chilvarous Boyhood Collection
 (Six points by Herb Devine)

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