Being a father on this earth does not last for very long. Sure, some days may seem longer than others, but in the end, you always hear about how fast life goes by.
You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.1 Thessalonians 2:10–13 (NASB95)
- Devout (with devotion)
- Upright (fair, justice)
- Blameless (giving no reason for complaint)
Being the person we are supposed to be does not happen by accident. As godly fathers, we must put in the work to rest in Christ. Being diligent to care for our own spiritual health by prayer and bible reading provides a foundation from which to serve as a godly father.
- Exhort (urge strongly)
- Encourage (console, cheer up)
- Implore (urge something as of great importance)
One way our Heavenly Father shows He loves us is by discipline (Heb. 12:6). Discipline is not always a negative interaction. He pays attention to us and gives guidance and correction when needed. Earthly fathers are called to lovingly discipline our children with the the goal of properly reflecting our Heavenly Father’s authority and care for His own.
- Walk in a manner that reflects the goodness of our Creator,
- Submit to Jesus’ authority as King
- Believe in their need for and the sufficiency of Jesus’ payment for sins,
- and be eternal members of God’s kingdom, which does not fail and does not end.