by David Davis

Portrait of a Godly Father
Dr. David Davis
I Thessalonians 2:11-12

The Marines' idea of looking for ''a few good men'' is not original. It was God who first said, ''I sought for a man...''

Throughout the history of His dealing with this planet, God has been seeking men that He could trust -- men through whom He could accomplish His purposes.

Our world has complicated and confused the true meaning of what it takes to be really successful. God's definition is very clear and simple. What kind of man is God looking for?

I Thess. 2:8 - ''so being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.''

The portrait of a godly father provides generous love and encouragement for his Lord that is transferred to his family.

Do your children think of you as an encourager and an affirmer?

A godly father should be a man who lives, by example, his faith in the living God. He should recognize his utter dependence on God to work in his own life, personality, and the life of his family.

A father has a great responsibility because the true image of the heavenly Father should be seen in the life of an earthly father.

Dad -- you are the spiritual umbrella for your family. You are the protector -- the provider -- and the pray--er for your family.

Someone once wrote -- ''As the father goes -- the family goes.''

It is a shame that our homes lack men that are willing to be men. Yes -- you may provide well for your family -- you can protect your family -- but if you are not the dominant spiritual force for your family -- then your family will never be the complete family -- under God -- that He designed and desires for your family.

What spiritual resources will your children have once they leave the nest? The will have the spiritual values that only you can instill in them.

What a tragedy it is when fathers w ...

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