A few hours in front of Fathers Day, this question came to mind. “What is a real father?” Last year I noticed a few “Happy Fathers Day” wishes on nearly all the social media outlets. I also noticed a few “Happy Fathers Day to all the Real Fathers” posted, especially on Facebook, which I’ve pet-named “The Drama Network.”
I think the reason I noticed the “all the real fathers” addition to the greeting is because there were some mothers who may have been upset with their children’s’ father. For whatever reason, I do not know and I wonder if we even know enough about what a father is and the role he plays to assess whether a man is a real father or not.
So. In order to get a good understanding of what a father is, perhaps we should consult the one who instituted the first family of mankind.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – Genesis 1:26-28
The man was made in the image of God. When we think of God, we think of an intelligent and loving spirit. The man was made in the image of God which means we are supposed to be like Him, and God is love. But a few things happened in the Garden of Eden that caused man to fall out or relationship with God and sin has been in the picture ever since. This sin has caused some men to do things that are out of the perfect will of God and the order He has set for the family. So lets reign everything back in and see what a real father looks like. A real father:
- Loves of God and his family. (1 John 4:8; Jeremiah 31:33)
- Teaches His children morals, using the word of God. (Deuteronomy 6:5; Proverbs 22:6; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Teaches and corrects without frustrating his children. (Ephesians 6:4)
- Supports his family by spending as much time as possible with them.
These are just a few points on what a real father looks like. There is so much more. So in ending this post, I want to send a greeting to all the fathers, good and not-so-good…
HAPPY FATHERS DAY