Letters to the Editor

Definition of a father

Of all the title’s that a man can hold, there’s none more precious than “father.” It is the name that Jesus chose for us to call God (Luke 11:2). The Bible says that God is such a good father that, unlike light that changes, His goodness never changes (James 1:17). Allow the following acrostic to remind us how to be godly fathers:

F – Faithful friend. In 2 Chronicles 34:2, Josiah looked back to his ancestor father, David, who walked with God and chose to walk as he did.

A – Awesome adviser. God the Father inspired Paul to write, “Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord” (Colossians 3:20).

T – Trustworthy teacher. God said through Moses that parents are to teach their children – diligently – the way of the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:7). God, the Father, commanded parents to train their children in the Lord (Psalm 22:6 and Ephesians 6:4).

H – Honest helper. God said of father Abraham, “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgment” (Genesis 18:19).

E – Enthusiastic encourager. Inspired Paul said that fathers are to bring their children up in the nurture (discipline) and admonition (instruction) of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

R – Righteous role model. God’s leader, Father Joshua said to God’s people, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

God bless the father who walks with Him. His influence lasts for generations. His example makes a lasting difference and empowers his children to walk with God. A godly father’s strength lies in leaning on the Lord. God who shows us how to be godly fathers is the Father of us all (Malachi 2:10). Happy Father’s Day.

The writer is pastor of the Myrtle Beach Church of Christ.

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