Ephesians 6:4 (NASB) Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Sometimes I took things too far. I am talking about speaking past the point of needing to. While raising my children, I would often hear, "Dad that's enough; I got the point. You can let it go now!" Too often, I would want to make sure I drove the point home to where my children knew with out a shadow of a doubt the proper behavior or attitude to have, and I drove that point home to where they got mad about it. Today's verse speaks of this very thing - of fathers not provoking our children to anger but bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. There is a fine line between teaching our children and driving them to get angry over our teaching. We must, as fathers, take a breath and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us to know when enough is enough. If we are to ever show the love of our Heavenly Father to our children, then we must learn to love them like He does as well. We need to make our point, speak the truth in love, and move on. Don't provoke, but be a supporter and love them. They grow up faster than we ever imagined!
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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