The one word that resonated with Jesus above all other words is the word “Father”, and the word resonant with God was “Son.” In stark contrast with the world, we know that without a father there are no children, yet so many children grow up without their father. We have the perfect example of fatherhood in Christ’s relationship with God, and as Christians, with us as well. Fatherhood is a calling, a ministry, a stewardship and a blessing. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians about God’s plan for domestic relationships and roles, cautioning the fathers not to exasperate their children, but to encourage their hearts.
- Fathers Are To Be Encouraging. Dad’s, whether they know it or not, hold the hearts of their children in their hands. They have to deal with childishness, willfulness and hyperactivity, but must develop their characters to be polite and respectful of others and those in authority. Fathers encourage children’s hearts to do the right thing through words, expectations, prayer and by example.
- Fathers Are To Be Exemplary. Jesus showed us His enormous regard for Father God, charging us to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect. Fathers are to be living examples to their family, as exemplary husbands, workers, worshippers, teachers, providers, counselors and parents.
- Fathers Must Be A Loving Chief Executive. Fathers have the duty of being the chief executive of the family, being ultimately responsible for the family’s health, education, security, finances, ethics, morals and spirituality.