Do Not Provoke Your Children to Anger
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord." -Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)
It would seem that provoking your children to anger would be a very minor thing from the perspective of man. 'It's all in fun' we might say. But, apparently it was an issue as the apostle Paul calls out to Fathers to abstain from this type of behavior.
Totally understandable. Young minds are super impressionable and our words and actions affect our children. I'm not a child psychologist or anything like that. I know this because I was young once. Anger causes damage.
So what's a father to do?
Rather than provoking a child to anger, the apostle Paul says to bring up our children in the discipline and direction that comes from the Lord.
This he spoke hundreds of years ago, but it still applies to us today.
Through prayer and guidance from the Lord, let's attempt to be the best dad to our children. Let's teach them the way of the Lord and guide them to what is right and just in the eyes of God.
Our children are the next generation of believers...
"“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up." -Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NLT)
(Yes, this applies to Gentiles also.)
Heavenly Father, help us to be a light to our children and to bless them according to Your calling.
If you have any encouraging scripture, don't hesitate to jot it down in the comment section below.
God bless you and stay strong!