What are three characteristics of a bad father?

What are three characteristics of a good father?


  • God created us in our mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
  • God made us His children. John 1:12-13 says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
  • God adopted us as His children through Jesus Christ before the creation of the world, according to his love and will. Ephesians 1:3-5 reminds us, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will…”
  • God placed us in His family in heaven. Ephesians 3:14-15 says, “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.”
  • God supplies all our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Eternal and unchanging. In James 1:17 we read, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” If God does not change, then He could have no beginning or end, and so He must be eternal.  Psalm 90:2 says: “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

Holy.  To be Holy means to be separated and set apart from sin. God does not sin, nor does he tolerate sin. In 1 Peter 1:16, God says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Just.  God always acts in justice, and he always treats us justly. This gives us the security of having entrusted our lives into the hands of a just God.  1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.”

Love.  God cannot stop loving us, for He is Love.  1 John 4:16: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”  God’s love is also unconditional, meaning He loves us despite what we are. Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Finally, 1 John 4:19 teaches us that, “We love because he first loved us.”  This means that even our ability to love comes from God!

Lord.  This term is based on the truth that God is the Absolute Owner of the Universe. He is the Ruler. Everything is under his authority. When we accept him as Lord, we are acknowledging Him to be the Lord of our lives. 1 Timothy 6:15 describes God as, “the blessed and only ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, […] To Him be honor and might forever. Amen.”

We prove that God is Lord of our life in at least three ways:
• Matthew 4:10: We worship God alone.
• Matthew 4:10: We serve God alone.
• Romans 14:8: We live for God alone, Amen!


What characteristics of God as Father do we enjoy?


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