Calling all Dads! God wants you to be the best father you can possibly be. How do you achieve that? Here is some godly advice.
First, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25). Here is a call for sacrificial love. Husbands are to lay their lives down for their wives. Many men like to think that they would be willing to make a huge sacrifice for the woman they love. They would even take a bullet for their wife if necessary! Most wives would be happy if their husbands would just take out the trash on a regular basis. Rather than wait for a chance to be a big hero, let’s make little sacrifices for our wives each day.
Second, love your children by raising them the right way. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4). I once tried to reach out to a family that didn’t come to church because the 3-year-old daughter didn’t like getting up in the morning. A toddler was making the most important spiritual decisions for the family! I hope your family is doing better than that. Fathers are given the main responsibility for the spiritual direction of the family. Don’t shirk that responsibility!
Most importantly, if you want to be a good father, “…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38). Is church attendance a chore or a joy for you? Do your wife and children ever notice you praying or reading your Bible? You can’t love your family to the fullest of your capability unless you also love the God who created you and who provided the means for your salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ!
Have a godly Fathers’ Day!