Traits of a Godly Father
“The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.” – Proverbs 12:2
Being a father is not easy — it is a great responsibility that any man can have. However, as a Christian father, God provides us guidelines to follow to be an effective leader and head of the family.
Here are some traits that you should practice, flaunt and display as a father.
A godly father is a great provider.
“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” – 1 Timothy 5:8
A godly father does provide for his family’s needs. He will get a stable job and make sure that his wife and children will get a decent life. His responsibility is not limited to, financial support, he is also responsible for his family’s mental, emotional and spiritual needs. A godly father will also lead his family to go to church, pray and worship the Lord.
He has a special task for his children.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4
A godly father does spend time with his children — he also encourages his children to have a closer walk with God by praying and reading the Bible together as a family. He also helps his wife to teach the Gospel, train, correct and discipline their children. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
He is a loving patient and kind father.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
A godly father also manifest these traits. He is a loving and faithful husband. He is fair, just, patient and kind to his children. He takes an extra effort to show his love for his family by spending quality time with them and by showing his affection such as giving gifts, hugging and kissing his children. He has self-control and he promotes peace in the family.
A godly father also spends time with the Lord daily — he meditates the Word of God by reading a devotional book or writing in his Christian journal. He is God-fearing, prayerful and he commits his plan to the Lord. Thus, he knows that having a deep relationship with God will help him to become successful in this calling and journey.