A Meditation on Fatherhood

As Father's Day approaches, families prepare to honor their fathers. For me, as a father, it is a time to reflect on the meaning of fatherhood. The Apostle Paul’s observation about fathering in 1 Thessalonians 2 is a good place to start. Paul observes that he had been like a father both by example and his instruction. As for his example, both the Thessalonians and God were witnesses of how holy, righteous and blameless he had been toward them.

Holy refers to him in relationship to God; he was a devout, pious man, intent on pleasing God. Our families must see the integrity of walking with God. We will sin, but they must see a Dad who walks with integrity and deals with sin before God and before them.

Righteous refers to him in relationship to others. In dealings with others he was circumspect, ethical and principled.

Blameless refers to his public reputation; he was exemplary, virtuous and unimpeachable. People in the community could observe him as a man of virtue.

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