Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
I have always wondered about this text- what was it really talking about? Why was there a specific admonition to fathers not to provoke their children?
A father is the head of a family under God. This means that he has authority as the head of the family. I posted before about husbands recognizing that true headship and authority comes when Christ is leading.
But some fathers operate in such a way that since they are the heads of the family, whatever they say goes-fulstop, no discussion.
God is the head of the universe, He is our Heavenly Father and yet He still says ” come let us reason together…” Even though your decision might not change, fathers still should listen to their children and seek to understand them and be sympathetic to their feekings and desires….
This is something that could be aptly applied to the way some father are with their children.
Some fathers can be too harsh on their children, not recognizing that a gentle approach with their family does not mean that they are weak. Being harsh to your children alienates them from you, and can also push them away from God.
And so, today we pray for fathers- that they learn to exhibit their authority while listening to their children and being gentle with them.