By: P. Rich Harding
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.“
There is so much in this last section of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (actually Ephesians I think is my favourite of Paul’s letters). However, this verse always stands out to me every time I read it. “Father’s don’t provoke your children.” In my experience this is nearly always the other way around, I have two boys, my eldest Noah is 4 and really knows how to provoke his dad!
But the Bible doesn’t say, kids don’t provoke your parents, but honor them. So what then? Do we really provoke our kids, and if so in what way?
“Do we really provoke our Kids?”
Yes, is the short answer. It doesn’t matter how old they are, we can provoke our kids to anger with the way we treat them. Here are two ways I...