THE MAN IN WHOM THE LORD IS DELIGHTED
THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH WINNING ALL
5007 SOUTHSIDE DRIVE
LOUISVILLE, KY 40214
Text: Luke 15:11-32
DATE: June 19, 2011
Rev. (Dr.) S. K. Awoniyi
As we celebrate father’s day today, we really appreciate the fathers’ dedication to God’s call and acknowledge the women’s loyalty and commitment to the ministry the Lord entrusts into their hands. We also appreciate our children’s obedience to their parents’ leadership and instruction. For this special occasion, father’s day, let us view what should be the characteristics, attributes, or qualities of a godly father in whom our Almighty Father is delighted. Let us carefully analyze the alphabets: F-A-T-H-E-R and see if we are living and walking in the standard the Lord expects of us.
F: Faithful. A godly father is such that is faithful and honours his marriage vows, protects his children, and shows constant allegiance to his heavenly Father. The Book of Hebrews says God is faithful to reward those that diligently seek him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (Heb 11:6 (KJV).
And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God (Mark 11:21-22 (KJV).
Brethren, where is your faith in Christ Jesus and are you faithful in what He committees into your hand?
A: Affectionate. A godly father should show a generous affection to his spouse and the children no-matter what. If our spouses and children do not find the affection they need from us, where are they going to find it? Good affection from a father strengthens and unites the family; instils faith and security in children. If children know that their father is there for them and are confident in his love for them, they will be happy and never hesitate to go to him in their hour of need or in a dilemma of sorrow. The Scripture says:
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Cor 6:18-20 (KJV).
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (Matt 5:43-48 (KJV).
T: Trust. A godly father must be trustworthy and lay a good example by teaching his children biblical principles and moral values. This attitude or attribute will develop an example for the children to follow which will lead or produce faithfulness in children. It will also help the children to make the right decisions even when their father is not present with them. Trust between a father and his children produces happiness, hope, confidence, and security. And, as a father trusts his children more, so also the children depend on him, have confidence in him, believe in him, and trust in our heavenly Father more.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Prov 3:5-6 (KJV).
I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live (Psalms 116:1-2 (KJV).
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge (Psalms 46:10-11 (KJV).
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalms 55:22 (KJV).
H: Honourable. A godly father must be honest and meets his obligations promptly. This attributes leads to the protection and the integrity of his family’s name. The father should be aware that his children are watching him as they are also watching their mother. And what both of them do in moderation, their children may do it in excess. A godly father should live a life above reproach and lays a path for his children to walk uprightly before the Lord.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Phil 4:8-10 (KJV).
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation (1 Peter 2:12 (KJV).
E: Energetic. A godly father is not slothful or lazy but he provides for his family. Paul’s instructions to men in the treatment of wives would also apply to treatment of the whole family. Ephesians 5:25 says, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” The godly father gives himself to his family, teaches his children the word of God, spends energy and pays attention to his children. The Scripture says:
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing (Psalms 100:2 (KJV).
R: Rewarded. A godly father is rewarded for raising his children in a godly manner, leading them to achieve great success in life, and helping them to make quality decisions on their own. I pray that every father will be careful of what they do because your children are watching you. Be assured that not only your children are watching you but those in the community and even church members. Be a good example to them that God’s name might be glorified in your life.
I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day (2 Tim 1:3 (KJV).
And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the LORD deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me (Ruth 1:8 (KJV).
The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust (Ruth 2:12 (KJV).
I wish each father present here today would be aware of some basic godly qualities narrated. These qualities are very, very important to the lives of your children, spouse, and grandchildren. Be assured that without these qualities you can not live happily in your lifetime. These qualities are not limited just to dad but to mum also. The story in the Gospel of Luke is the characteristics of a wayward son and the qualities of his godly father’s love. The love, patience, cares, and unconditional love his father showed him is overwhelming. He was brokenhearted because of the selfishness of his son. He watched every day for his son’s return but the son’s tick-headed attitude delayed his coming back home. The father was full of frustration, anger, disbelief, disappointment, and discouragement. Nevertheless, that great love for his proud son was never forgotten.
When the wayward son returned home the father neither rebuked him nor said no way, go back to where you came from. But he demonstrated his love through giving and restoring the relationship. Brethren, our Lord desires a restored relationship with each one of us. We are all prodigal children from the moment sin entered the world, but God reached out with love to each one of us. If you come to your Father today, He will receive you, forgive your sins, welcome you back home, and faithfully reach out and restore the broken fellowship and relationship. Why don’t you seek Him just now by confessing your sins? Be assured, tomorrow may be too late.