Here are eight Biblical functions of a father. Of course they apply to parents in general, mom and dad, but since it is Father's Day we will focus on fathers.
They apply not only to natural fathers but to spiritual fathers and spiritual sons and daughters.
Fathers Spend Time With Their Children
Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him …..
Fathers Set An Example For Their Children
Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
I Corinthians 4:16
Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
I Corinthians 11:1
Fathers Affirm Their Children
And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
Fathers Encourage Their Children
To Timothy, a beloved son:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:2-7
Fathers Pray For Their Children
I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,
II Timothy 1:3
Fathers Bless Their Children
Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
II Timothy 1:6
Fathers Correct Their Children
And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
Fathers Leave An Inheritance For Their Children
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,
But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.