In the beginning, God the Father created everything necessary for the use of the man before He created him in His image. Likewise, a man who would be a father must be ready to provide for all the needs of the family. The child to be born is going to come in the likeness of the father. The contribution of the wife in the family is to support and increase what the father has.

What it means to be caring

Caring is one of the greatest characteristics of our God that I know. The word caring means to be kind, thoughtful, gentle, helpful, considerate, compassionate, concerned, loving and sensitive. A caring father who lacks any of these virtues falls short as being an imitator of God the father. Rather, I would say he is far from being a father. The Bible says,

“But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own   house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1Tim 5:8).

Recurring memory of a caring father

My wife told me how she would never forget how caring her father was. Her father makes sure she never lacks anything that a girl should have. He would not wait for the mother before he takes her out to buy most of her needs.

He is a loving father who would not take his children matter with levity. The future of his children is of paramount concern to him. Most of my father-in-law’s contemporaries in his days would not send their female children beyond elementary school. However, he purposed to do whatever it takes to send my wife to school even to university level, which he did.

As an average farmer whose income is seasonal, whenever occasion calls for any expenses for the family, especially, the children school fees; he would borrow. He pays back when he sells his farm produce in harvest season. What am I saying? A Christian father must do whatever it takes to care for the family. Part of the caring is for the father to be there for the family when needed.

On the other hand, many Christian fathers today have gone the way of the world by neglecting their children for the mother alone to take care; that is wickedness. A wicked father cares about nothing except himself. They go around flashily and neglecting the children that God committed into their care.

Caring is comfort

Before God created the man, He had created

  • the light to give illumination
  • the night as resting time
  • the air/water to give life
  • the land on which man lives and to cultivate
  • the vegetation as a means for food, and
  • animals for meat and use for domestic services

All these provisions were made to satisfy man’s necessities. Likewise, it is the duty of the father, to create an atmosphere of comfort for the family.

Caring is love

God loves us; He would not leave any of His children out in the cold to attract the wolves. In the same vein, the care of a Christian father starts from his love for the family. A loving father hardly takes his eyes off from such love. Remember the father of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-24), despite all the wayward behavior of his son; he receives him back with joy. Likewise, the love of a caring father extends to being able to forgive when they err.

Caring is security

Any time I travelled, my children would be waiting eagerly for my arrival. Immediately they saw me alighting from my vehicle, they ran out to welcome me. What I read from their faces is joy and sense of security. A Christian father whose presence does not give joy to the family, that father is a terror in the family.

The Bible says that in the presence of God, there is fullness of Joy (Ps. 16:11).  In the presence of the father, every member of the family must feel a sense of security, joy, peace and happiness.

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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