What is a father?

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A father is a man who knows his life is not his own.

A father is a man whose identity is formed by what God has called him to be.

A father first and foremost protects, nurtures and loves.

A father’s love is dominated by how he shows the beauty of Christ to his wife.

A father’s love to his children is strengthened by his love to his wife.

A father nourishes rather than punishes.

A father defines sacrificial love for his family.

A father knows the captivating power of a gentle, confident spirit.

A father persuades through pleasant words and firm allegiance to truth.

A father knows that love and discipline must not be separated. 

A father leads his children to the cross and not to his own honor.

A father does not demand respect but draws it out from the consistency of his integrity.

A father is distinguished by his faithful repentance. 

A father knows the power of humility.

A father is peaceable and open to reason.

A father loves God more than he loves his wife and children.

A father is known by his praise of God rather than by his complaints about circumstances.

A father is dependent upon the grace of the gospel to do what he cannot do by himself.

A father is a man of prayer rather than a man of anger.

A father knows his authority comes from God and not from his performance.

A father is blown away by his heavenly Father.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.