Fathers, don't provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
These are the words of the apostle Paul directed especially to fathers, yet by extension and in principle to mothers concerning the children God has entrusted to them. The two commands contained in the verse seem simple enough, but parenting is hard, and every parent is a sinner themselves in need of grace.
The link below opens a document that discusses in greater detail the meaning and implications of Ephesians 6:4. Our hope is that, while lengthier than a blog post, it'll challenge our parenting hearts to think deeply about what it means to "raise up a child" (Prov. 22:6).
(Note: This document originally contained discussion of the Greek text. If you'd like to receive a copy of that document, we'd be happy to send it to you.)
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