May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
II Thessalonians 2:16-17
In this short passage I see four things that we, as godly fathers, need to take to heart. First, the most obvious…
A father loves his children.
This love is the choice to love our children. You might be thinking, “This is the easy part.” It might be easy to say it, but not to do it.
That’s because true love involves disciplining our children. That’s one of the most important aspects of a father’s love. It’s also the part I liked the least, yet it brought about the greatest rewards.
Unfortunately this is a generation of fatherless children. Fathers have either left home or are never home. As of the last census, fatherless homes produce:
90% of homeless and runaway children.
71% of pregnant teenagers
63% of teen suicides
85% of children with behavioral disorders
90% of teen repeat arsonists
71% of high school dropouts
75% of teens in rehab
85% of teens in prison
43% of U.S. children live without their father
We desperately need fathers who are there for their children.
The second thing I see is that a father encourages his children. This Greek word implies what a coach does. The coach can’t play the game for you. But he can give you everything you need to win. A true father gets his coaching from God in order to coach his children.
Next, a father gives hope to his children. We live in a generation with no hope. Teaching our children about Christ gives them a lasting hope. This will give them the strength to endure any challenge ahead of them.
The last thing I see is that a godly father is imitated by his children. Knowing this should drive us to our knees before God. That’s because a true father loves by both discipline and example.
This Father’s Day, I want to encourage any fathers reading this to look to our Father in heaven as their example. Spend time with Him to pick up His heartbeat. Your family will be all the stronger for it.
Question: What are some examples of godly fathers that you’ve seen?
© Nick Zaccardi 2016