Discipline But Don't Provoke

"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."—Ephesians 6:4

The lesson of this verse took me a long time to learn. For the fulcrum between disciplining and provoking is a tentative tipping point. Each child has his or her tipping point. Some given their personalities, temperaments, and situational needs can embrace a stronger voice, and some cannot. It is for us, as fathers, to know this point and teeter cautiously. The goal is not to provoke a child to the extent of losing future opportunities of speaking into their life. But this does not mean that we should avoid discipline or instruction. For sometimes, children will oppose all training and education. And keep in mind, it's not "your" instruction that "you bringing them"—it's the "instruction of the Lord." Because God is just only he can genuinely instruct. You are merely passing on the instruction you too have learned. Keep in mind always your Heavenly Father was exceedingly patient in disciplining and instructing you.

DO THIS: Balance the teeter cautiously.

PRAYER: God, today, help me to parent as a faithful father. Help me to be a better father than my own. And God as you were patient with me, may I be patient with my children.

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