Three Marks of a Great Father
Havannah Foster
July 1, 2024
Three Marks of a Great Father

"...no matter how old children are, they are still impacted by the encouragement and still value the sense of belonging that their fathers provide."

 

Once again, we were blessed to celebrate many graduates from Shelter KC, Ozark Recovery Housing, and City Union Mission and hear stories of what God is doing in their lives. Pastor Don Lewis gave an amazing description and encouragement for fatherhood from Matthew 3 following a beautiful example that God sets for fathers.

At the Ozark Recovery Housing graduation, one father came to support his son, and his verbal affirmation and support showed his son how proud he is of him and how far he has come. This support encouraged them both and strengthened their relationship, and their example is such a valuable reminder of how important it is to have people around these men who support and encourage them to grow as fathers and husbands. The main scripture that Fatherhood Foundations uses as a beautiful example is from Matthew 3 - John is at the Jordan river and baptizes Jesus.

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:16-17 NIV)

Here, God speaks three things to Jesus which we see as the foundation for healthy fathering:

  • First, God affirms Jesus as his Son. Fathers need to give their children a healthy sense of belonging through their words and actions. If children are not receiving this affirmation and sense of identity at home from their parents, they will seek to find it in other places, and when children seek this validation, they are left vulnerable to those who will give them a false sense of security so that they can exploit them or abuse them.
  • The second thing that God says to Jesus is “whom I love.” It is so important for fathers to show unconditional love to their children. God shows us unconditional love by not loving us based on our performance or achievements, and our earthly fathers are given to us to represent God’s love for us. Fathers can display this love for their children through affection, physical touch, and just spending quality time with them.
  • Thirdly, God said to Jesus “with him I am well pleased.” Fathers should look for opportunities to praise and encourage their children. This is why it was so impactful for the father to show up at his son’s graduation. The father took time out of his busy schedule to support his son and show him that he is proud of his accomplishment. His example also demonstrates that no matter how old children are, they are still impacted by the encouragement and still value the sense of belonging that their fathers provide.

God gave such an incredible demonstration of fatherhood through how he loved Jesus, and the role that God gave to fathers is so important but sometimes not very easy.

Thank you for praying with us and celebrating with us as we walk through life with these men. God is at work, and we are so encouraged and excited to be a part of what He is doing in Kansas City.

 

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’” (Matthew 3:16-17, NIV)

 

Thank you for all your prayers and support; we could not do this work without you!

 

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