Happy Father's Day to all of you fathers and grandfathers! In this cover letter to the Weekly SERMOM let's examine the characteristics of a godly father.
Proverbs 20:6-7, "Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him."
Ephesians 6:4, "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
FIRST: A godly father LOVES HIS FAMILY:
He works hard to PROVIDE for them. Reading from I Timothy 5:8 he makes sure they have things like food, clothing, and a roof over their heads.
He also PROTECTS his home, not only against physical attack or intrusion, but also from spiritual invasion and infiltration of the enemy through worldly TV, music, the internet and other sources. He also keeps a check on fleshly attitudes that can creep into the home.
SECOND: A godly father LIVES HIS FAITH. In Proverbs 20:7; we read, "The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him."
He does so PUBLICLY. He is careful to have a solid verbal and visible testimony for God in all his public dealings.
He also does so PRIVATELY. Those who know him at home, away from public view, can attest to his consistent walk with the Lord.
THIRD: A godly father LEADS HIS FAMILY. In Joshua 24:15; we read, "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." And in Ephesians 6:4; we read, "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
A godly father leads his family TO CHRIST. He is concerned that all his family is saved. He uses his relationship with his family members to bring each of them into a personal relationship with Christ. He teaches them to have daily personal devotions. He leads his children to a dependence on the Lord.
A godly father leads his family TO CHURCH. He wants them under the admonition of the Lord. He takes his position as the high priest of his home very seriously! He not only leads his family in family worship, but he also leads them to a Bible believing church and gets them under the faithful teaching of the Word of God.
A godly father leads his family TO CONSECRATION. He teaches his family by exhortation and example, to develop their God-given talents. He dedicates them to the Lord, and introduces them to service through the local church. I Corinthians 15:58.
Today, there is a great need for godly fathers in our churches, country and culture; We need fathers whose children will be "blessed after them." I am grateful to God for blessing me with the heritage of a godly father!
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