Godly Father is kind, loving, compassionate, good provider, honest, hardworking, generous, forgiving, humble, faithful and reliable towards his wife and children. He fears God and is obedient to His Word.
A Father cannot fully love his children and fulfill his role as a parent without having the knowledge and love of God because Since God is the perfect Father, one of the most important things we can do is get to know God better and seek him. Godly Father will keep Jesus Christ as the centre of his marriage and family. Godly Father must be right example for their children and obedient towards God and his family members. A Godly Father should demonstrate faithfulness, responsibility, caring, gracious, generous, keeping promises, displaying good character ,knowing interests of the family and controlling his temper, instructing and guiding his children in the ways and words of the Lord for their own spiritual development and well-being and lead his family to church, Bible study, devotional time, prayer , other spiritual activities , godly determination to preserve his family and keeping his family from all evil, temptation, lust, and unbelievers.(2 Timothy2:16)
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” Proverbs 1:10
Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on.” Proverbs 4:14
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
“…all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned…” 2 Timothy 3:1-14
“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:11,12). Godly father goes to God often on behalf of his family, asking for wisdom and courage for himself, and protection for his wife and children, Job 1:5 tells us that Job rose early in the morning and made a sacrifice for his children. Father should demonstrate love for the mother of his children.
1 Peter 3:7 says a father needs to understand his wife, becomes the role model of a loving, nurturing person living in loving relations.
F – Faith is necessary for a man to fulfill his responsibilities to his God, family, neighbors, and friends
A – Action is necessary in being a good Christian and father.
T – Teaching others by word and example
H – Holy in conduct and attitude.
E – Encouragement is part of being a father.
R -Reverence towards God.
We need to remember that if any one says ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”
A Godly Father will honor his marriage vows because he respects God’s commandment, He loves his wife and is not bitter against her. He will honor his wife as the weaker vessel, be there for his children, provide for his family, and be a good spiritual leader. (1 Peter 3.7; 1 Timothy 5.8; Matthew 22.39). But it all starts with his commitment and love for God. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind” (Matthew 22.37).
A Godly father has a good reputation. Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. In Deut 6, God says through Moses: “These commandments I give you this day are to be upon your hearts, and you shall teach them diligently to your children” at all times.
A Godly father will not think according to worldly way he avoids anything that would pollute the home like smoking, drinking, drugs, sexual immorality, ungodly people, bad television programs which is based on immorality, violence etc.,being workaholic. He will see his family members are clothed with humility, pure, righteous and holy.
By working day and night men cannot give diligent attention to more important matters such as God and attention towards family because the workaholic Father pursues his career at the expense of his family and he selfishly ignores his wife and children in many ways. In psalm 121, Solomon begins by telling us that unless God builds our house; our efforts in building it are vain. God is concerned with how high a priority we place on our houses and family.
The best way to raise godly children is, by parents being godly and setting and living as a Godly example . Some of the Biblical Godly Fathers are Noah, Abraham, Job, Joseph, Jacob, Jephthah, Aaron etc.
As parents, we need to teach our children to seek godly character, for themselves, and in those with whom they would associate. Along with loving God and being a godly example by committing ourselves to His commands, we need to “Repeat them again and again to our children. Talk about them when we are at home and when we are away on a journey, when we are lying down and when we are getting up again. Tie them to our hands as a reminder, and wear them on our forehead. Write them on the doorposts of our house and on our gates” (Deuteronomy 6:7-9).
Here is what Bible tells on godliness:
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11