As we approach Fathers Day I have been thinking about what are the character traits of a godly father? What are the main responsibilities of an earthly father who wants to be a good example of the heavenly Father. I believe these are the questions with which every father must wrestle.
Fortunately God has given His Word and His power to accomplish this important task. To be a godly father we must strive to be a selfless provider
In the Book of Genesis God made the man out of the dust of the ground and put him to work in the Garden of Eden. It might be hard to imagine but God-pleasing work was established before sin entered the world. And Paul told the believers in Thessalonica, ...if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat either. (II Thessalonians 3:10) He also told the Colossians believers, Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord. (Colossians 3:23) A godly father does everything in his power to provide for the physical needs of his family.
An earthy father must also be willing to sacrifice his life for his wife and children. Yet physical guarding is only a part of a godly father's protecting duties. He must also protect his family from evil spiritual forces, such as the devil and false teachers, who will tempt his family to believe falsehoods or become discouraged. Paul told spiritual leaders of the church and family to do the protecting job of, ...holding fast the faithful word (Titus 1:9). He also encouraged putting on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11) A godly father realizes that there are enemies in both the physical and spiritual realm and that he must be sober and alert in his protecting responsibilities.
This Sunday being Father’s Day is a great day to invite a father and his family to the Celebration. At all of our services we will have great music, inspiring videos, and a drawing for our “Dad of the Day”.
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