Ephesians 6:4 (JDV)
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Becoming a father is not difficult, but being a Christian father is a tremendous challenge. You have to build strength of character and social skill into your children, by stretching them so that they become what God wants them to be. This involves more than just teaching them right from wrong. You have to train them in right ways of thinking and acting, which necessitates correction – and your children will need correction constantly.
But whenever you try this positive parenting, you will discover that you are liable to cross the line very often, and frustrate your children. Tears are often an indicator of this, and other expressions of this anger.
Mutual submission in parenting means being sensitive to where the line is. You have to strive for a balance which includes persistent instruction and careful correction.
Lord, show us how to father like the Father – how to parent positively.