Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour your father and mother; which is the first commandment with a promise; That: it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
1. Children’s role
They were told to obey their parents, because this pleased God. The Scripture promises that this will bring a blessing upon their life. So kids if you want to live long and prosper, then obey your parents. Help parenting be a fun job.
2. Father’s role
Don’t Exasperate (In the Greek) – To rouse up anger or to enrage. Don’t be a dad who enrages your children.
I don’t think this is talking about the sinful selfish anger that a child can get.
Ways to exasperate your kids
Overprotect them (Smother)
Instead of crushing our children we get to train them and instruct them.
Nurture – We get to care for them.
The passage says to “bring them up” – Provide an atmosphere where they can be brought up into maturity.
What does this atmosphere look like?
Safe to express their thoughts and feelings
Fathers it is our job to train them. How? Train them in the Lord!
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