Godly Fathers

Brad Green

On June 20, 2021, our nation will celebrate Father’s Day. It is indeed appropriate and needful for our country to give honor to the God-ordained establishment of the home. God defined marriage in the very beginning as being an honorable institution consisting of one man and one woman for life. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). Sadly, today many are attacking the home as God devised and authorized. In San Fran‐ cisco, the homosexual movement continues its attempts to destroy the home as defined by God. “Barring a stay of a historic California Supreme Court ruling, same-sex couples will be able towedin the state beginning June 17 [2008], according to a state directive issued Wednesday” (www.foxnews.com). In New York, “the governor’s legal counsel told state agencies in a May 14 [2008] memo to revise policies and regulations to recognize same-sexmarriages performedinCalifornia and Massachusetts as well as Canada and other countries that allow gays and lesbians to marry, said Erin Duggan, the governor’s spokeswoman” (www.cnn.com). Still others are berating God’s decision to make the man the head of his house (Eph. 5:23-24). Thus, we should take advantage of any and every opportunity to honor those who follow God’s pattern and commands regarding the home and the family.

A godly father will “train up a child in the way he should go” (Pro. 22:6) and “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph.6:4). A godly father will teach his son, by word and by example, how to be a good husband. “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church,  and gave himself for it…So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself ” (5:25, 28). A godly father will provide physical and financial protection to those in his house (1 Tim. 5:8) and love his family as God, the Heavenly Father, loves His family (1 John 4:9-10; Mat. 10:29-30).

We are very thankful for our godly fathers and mothers. Training children to be faithful servants of God is the most noble of all parental duties and is extremely important for the future strength, in regards to Spiritual maturity, of the Church for which Christ died.

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