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The word responsibility is defined as a duty or task that you are required or expected to do. It is something that you should do because it is morally right or legally required.The assumption I am making in this post is that I am addressing fathers who are Christians and they are married to the mother of their child or children. [1.] BE PRESENT. The word present is defined as the period of time that is happening NOW, not the past or the future. It is also defined as something that you are given, without asking for it. Your presence as a father should be a regular [not rare] present for your children. It is important to note that our Father in heaven IS NOT an absentee Father. Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very PRESENT help in trouble.
[2.] LOVE THEIR MOTHER. Ephesians 5:25 – “Husbands, LOVE YOUR WIVES, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” [3.] LOVE YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN WITHOUT CEASING. 1st Peter 4:8 (AMP) – Above all, have FERVENT and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others]. The word translated as fervent in English is the Greek word “ektenes” and it means without ceasing. [4.] LIVE A LIFE WORTH IMITATING. 1st Corinthians 11:1 – Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. Ephesians 4:1 (AMP) – So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to LIVE A LIFE WORTHY of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation], Please note that fatherhood is a noble calling. [5.] AS THE HEAD OF YOUR WIFE, LEAD YOUR FAMILY. To lead is to guide on a way especially by going in advance; to show the way. Ephesians 5:23, – For the husband is HEAD of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church… [6.] SERVE YOUR WIFE AND CHILDREN. Matthew 20:25-26 (MSG) – So Jesus got them together to settle things down. He said, “You’ve observed how godless rulers [or fathers] THROW THEIR WEIGHT AROUND, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It’s not going to be that way with you. WHOEVER WANTS TO BE GREAT MUST BECOME A SERVANT.

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THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A FATHER – PART ONE

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