We thank God that another year has come for us to specially recognize and celebrate our father whom God has made the head of our respective families. We all know that without a father no family can be fully effective and fulfill God’s mandate of healthy growth in human relationships. In honoring our father today, we feel led of the Holy Spirit to highlight some of the biblical determinant of a great father which many of the fathers in this AEBC church represent and are aspiring towards.
1). A great father recognizes and adheres to God’s greatest command and obligation to God and to his family which is as follows: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road. . . “(Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
2). Taking que from the above bible reference, a great father deeply loves his wife, the mother of his children (Ephesians 5:25-33).
3). Also, a great father does not only impress, talk and teach God’s love to his children, but he really lives it out in a very practical way. He loves each child, male or female for who and what they are without discrimination. He recognizes that each child is unique and differently gifted so that he does not compare or urge one to be exactly like the other. He avoids creating jealously and enmity among his own children as the leader of his family.
4). A great father avoids letting his own problem rob on his children as admonished in Ephesians 6:4: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
A great father teaches and trains his child in the way of the Lord so that when he grows up he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Great promise of God!
5). A great father through hard work provides essentials needs of food, clothing, shelters as well as emotional and spiritual head of his household. As the spiritual head of his family, he demonstrates and leads them in the word of God and desires to lead them to salvation in Christ Jesus.
6). A great father lets go of his adult child to make own decisions rather than controlling the child’s life continually. Of course, he will continue to pray for them and kame himself available if the child asks. What a awesome job our fathers are doing! God bless all our fathers. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!! Dr. Johnson Omoni