A Sunday Special Word of Exhortation and Encouragement:- Five (5) Qualities Of A Good Father
Today, Sunday June 20, 2021 is declared Father’s Day.
Father’s Day is celebrated across the world with the objective of realizing and honoring the contribution of fathers in the family.
It is a day that celebrates the fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the efforts of male parents towards their family and their children.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.
The greatest need in our society today is for fathers who will rise up and assume their God-given role of responsibility in the family. Our text gives basic responsibilities for manhood; but when a man becomes a father, those responsibilities are expanded. Let’s look at Micah 6:8 as the main scripture for todays message.
1. A Good Father loves God
A. (Read Matthew 6:33) The basis upon which happiness is built and priorities of relationship.
B. If you do not have a right relationship with God, it is futile to think you can relate properly to others, and more especially to your children.
C. If you are running away from God you will never have peace. Settle that matter first of all, (Isaiah 57:21)
2. A Good Father loves his Wife
A. Most husbands assume love is sex. While that certainly is a part of love, it is not all, (Ephesians 5:25-33 ). Real love seeks to meet all the needs of another person. (See 1 Corinthians 13:1-13) for a definition of real love.
B. Romantic actions are not an abandonment of your manliness. Open the car door, pull out her chair at dinner, hold her hand and help make the beds, rinse out the tub and wash your cup or plate when you’re finished, the list is endless.
C. Our sons are learning from us about how to treat their future wives. One day they will treat their wives the same way we treat their mothers. Let’s beware of our behaviours and actions wherever we go and in whatever we do.
3. A Good Father loves his Children
A. Love is more than provision for material things. Don’t miss your children’s childhood; there is no second chance at childhood.
B. When discipline is required, do it in love, (Colossians 3:21). Don’t beat them up out of anger.
C. Children interpret the time spent with them as love. Forget “quality time” vs. “quantity time”
4. A Good Father is a man of Integrity
A. Text: “… to do justly … walk uprightly…” “Integrity” has become almost a forgotten word. The highest elected office in our land has been tainted with the smell of corruption and as such most politicians have been branded as notorious liars. The same applies to many churches in our society as well.
B. As good men and fathers, we are called to rise above that and be men of integrity.
C. It should permeate every area of our lives. In the workplace; an honest day’s toil, in the home; fulfilled promises, in personal business; prompt payment of obligations, in other relationships; commitment to fulfill our commitments.
5. A Good Father is a role model of God
A. The image of a father nowadays is not always a good one. Over half the children in Ghana and Africa for that matter mostly grow up without a father in the home. The children are often abandoned by their father or the father is maligned.
B. Sexual abuse by the father is also on the rise. An yet we tell the children that God is their Heavenly Father!
C. It is no wonder that they are afraid of Him. God help us! As a father and a good one at that, you are shaping your child’s concept of his/her Heavenly Father. They see him like you and in you.
The Word of God is challenging us to be a good fathers today! Will you be a good father to your children?
Wishing all the men who have taken time to read this message a Happy Happy Happy Fathers day celebration. May the good Lord continue to lead us on to become good fathers for our children to learn from as their first role models.