Today is Father’s Day, the day we take time
to tell our dad’s “thank you.” Some dads will
get gifts from their wife and children, like
socks and ties or, more frequently, items
with lame puns written on them. You know,
“Dad jokes.” But rather than dwelling on the
gifts we dads receive, it would be good for us
to consider the unique gifts that we dads can
give this Father’s Day.
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:11,
“As ye know how we exhorted and comforted
and charged every one of you, as a father doth
his children.” In describing his ministry, Paul
lists three actions that are characteristic of all
good fathers. These are three gifts that we
must give our children every day.
We must give our children courage. The Bible’s
word is to “exhort.” As the protector and
provider, you can drive our fear and instill
courage in your children more than any other
person. On the other side, your behavior can
cause them to have more fear. “Fathers, provoke
not your children to anger, lest they be
discouraged.” (Colossians 3:21)
We must also give our children comfort. There is
a different kind of comfort that only a father can
give. It is the feeling of safety that every father
should give their children. Mothers can coo and
cuddle. Fathers can check the closets for monsters
and beat off the boogie man with a big stick.
Your children should feel safe from harm, safe
from judgment, safe from harsh words and looks.
Finally, you must give your children Godly
correction. Your children will step out of line, a
nd when they do, you must provide them with
the correction they need. A loving father does
not allow his children to continue doing wrong
because he knows that it will hurt them more in
These are gifts that every child needs, and the best
person to give them is you, their dad.