Instructions for Parents
The Bible has clear practical instructions on parenting. Some are found in Ephesians 6:4
Ephesians 6:4 (NIV-WS)
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Exasperate: To anger, annoy extremely, get on someone’s nerve
- Don’t thoughtlessly aggravate them. Don’t unnecessarily goad them. Don’t deliberately exasperate them. Don’t foolishly discourage them. But express your love to them by treating them with gentleness, kindness, consideration and respect. After all that’s an essential part of being a good example to them. It is part of our job to encourage our kids. Colossians 3:21 (NIV-WS) 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
- What can exasperate? – Excessive discipline, inconsistent discipline, unkindness, favouritism, overindulgence, overprotection, pressure to achieve, not being involved, not keeping your word.
Bring Up : to rear up to maturity, to cherish or train. To nourish up to maturity, to nurture.
- This involves education or training; by implication disciplinary correction. The whole training and education of children, which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals, and employs for this purpose now commands, admonitions and reproof. It also includes the training and care of the body, correcting mistakes and curbing passions.
Instruction: Admonish, calling attention to i. e. by implication mild rebuke or warning.
- He is their Lord. He has supreme authority over them. To Him they belong and about them He has power of deciding.
He is the Master parent and we parent under Him. He has given us the grace to do it well.