The Qualities of a Father
Given 18-Jun-16; Sermon #1328s; 19 minutes
Ryan McClure suggests that Charles Dickens' "best of times and worst of times" turn of phrase seems to describe parenting skills to a tee. When we were single, we had all the answers to the art of parenting, but actual practice humbles us as to how little we know and how ill-equipped we are for this daunting, yet enjoyable task. We learn what God the Father has to put up with us in our spiritual childhood sanctification process. Every father has been given the responsibility of leading his family, loving his wife as Christ loved the Church, willing to protect, to sacrifice, and even to die for the sake of his family. According to Theodore Hesberg, the most important thing a dad can do is to love the child's mother. As God protected His people from harm, fathers are commissioned to protect their families, placing a metaphorical hedge around their children, filtering them from the Internet and other worldly influences until they are wary enough to be on their own. As we approach Father's Day, we need to remember that God the Father is the greatest example of Fatherhood we can emulate.
Abraham and Isaac Deuteronomy 1:26; 11:19-32 Ephesians 5:22-24 Exodus 16:35 I Corinthians 12:1-21 Genesis 1:26 God as a model parent God teaches us in parenthood James 1:17 John 3:16; 15:13 Matthew 7:7-11 Psalm 121:3-5 Proverbs 1:26 Smear it, slime it Theodore Hesberg