"Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4)
COMPLEMENTARY passage: Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Proverbs 22:6, 15
In this verse the word of God presents a clear call on the relationship that parents of all ages and nationalities must sustain and grow with their children. God could not let us improvise in a delicate task, so let us very clear guidelines, very safe parameters that serve as a path for those who are confused and don't know what to do, because they feel that their children "out of his hands" or fear that this can get them to happen. The Apostle Paul summed up the appropriate form established by God for the education of the children under three commandments: love, teach and discipline.
Love demands action. Love must have an expression. Love must be manifested through words of affection, approval, encouragement, and even loving correction-laden; through hugs or Pats on the back; through a comforting proximity, unconditional support and a true and deep friendship. Any child who receives this quality of love, feel much more agreeable with his life and will be screened at higher goals, may establish relationships of mutual edification, and in general terms, will be happier than those who do not perceive this type of genuine on the part of their parents love.
Second, is not then instruct in any way, but in the one and only true wisdom, the knowledge of God. I do not mean to academic instruction, I refer to education for life. This kind of teaching is based on love as motivation and example as method, and makes parents more suitable mould, model and example for their children. Surely, punishment is not required when instructed so just be alert all the time, orienting and guiding. In short, every parent should act as you'd like your children to act. This was the example of Jesus, who said: ' learn from me, I have given example ".
Finally, there is the discipline. Is the correction that every child needs to grow, mature and acquire life commitments. Is the discipline of character to become a man or woman valuable and useful to society. Requires patience, love and great firmness, much understanding at the same time. But, you need clear, unchanging, righteous, parameters which apply the correction. God is father par excellence model, and is the one who by his spirit enables us to follow the left parameters in the life Manual, the Bible, which will lead us to live with blessing and to transmit that blessing to our children, and of course, our grandchildren.
WE TALK WITH GOD:
"Dear God, thank you for allowing us to be by your side on this day, today we ask that us s do wise to exercise this sacred responsibility of being parents." Teach us to love our children as you love us, enable us by your spirit to keep your commandments and thus be the best example for them, and finally, give us understanding and firmness to correct them. Our children crave attention, claim time, need games, mimes, and words of esteem and safety instruction. Only with your help, we can do it". Amen