Sunday, November 2, 2008

The role of a father.

These days the office of father is being denigrated and ridiculed. In many cases, the word father has been reduced to its most simple meaning, "He who begets a child." If we were to look to current practice as our model -- young men satisfying their lust for sexual gratification without any intention of commitment or responsibility -- then fatherhood would be a very shallow and selfish convention; as it has become for many.

However, "I believe in God the Father ..." and though some may not have good models in their natural father, the Heavenly Father is the perfect example. He is the demonstration of the kind of commitment that is required of a true father, in His covenant commitment to His wife, the Church, and to those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, His children. The Heavenly Father will never leave nor forsake those who are true followers of Him.

The Heavenly Father is a faithful provider, supplying all things that are needed to live a godly life in Christ Jesus. The Heavenly Father pities His children and remembers them in affliction, yet He provides security by establishing moral boundaries and disciplines with love when those boundaries are transgressed. The Heavenly Father evokes a proper balance of fear and affection.

Motherhood is to be cherished, but fatherhood, modelled after the Heavenly Father, is to be honoured for its security, stability and dependability. That's why "I believe in God the Father ..."

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