Do not provoke your children to anger

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4

I got our two youngest children to read Ephesians when I challenged to find a verse that they could use on me like I used the many verses that told children to honor their father and mother. I just did not think about it with our oldest daughter or I would have challenged her.

Children are to honor their parents. They need to respect the authority that God places parents in. I far as I have found there is no age limit on this command. We are to honor our parents for as long as they live.

However, as we see today, God places limits on parents and especially fathers. We are not to provoke ore children to anger. We are to guide them, to instruct them and to love them. We are not to belittle them, treat them unfairly or harm them. This can mean teasing them unmercifully. It can mean setting unobtainable goals of expectations. It does not mean never making them mad or angry because they don’t get to do what everyone else is doing.

Being a good parent means being the bad guy at time. Setting boundaries on what they can do, where they can go and how they dress. Just as God sets limits and has expectations for each of us, his children, so parents need to do the same with their children.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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