In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, the Apostle Paul makes a remarkable statement about his and his co-workers’ ministry in Thessalonica. He employs dual metaphors, referring to both a mother and a father. This seems to suggest that theirs was a ministry of comprehensive care for these believers.
Additionally, I believe that his inspired description of his fatherly role suggests a couple of qualities towards which all fathers should aspire. He writes:
“10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”
Here, then, we find two qualities towards which every father should aspire:
(1) Be Men of Integrity and Purpose— cf. v. 10, “You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.”
(2) Be Proactive Spiritual Leaders— cf. vs. 11-12, “…as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God…”
If you would like to suggest other qualities towards which fathers should aspire, by my guest.
Happy Father’s Day to all!