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21 Fathers, [pater] provoke [erethizo] not [me] your [humon] children [teknon] to anger, lest [hina me] they be discouraged. [athumeo]KJV-Interlinear
21 Fathers, do not exasperate
your children, that they may not lose heart. NASB
Parental authority does
not give you the right to break the spirit of the child.The parent s first responsibility to their
children is to teach them doctrine.
Instruction in doctrine
gives them over to the instruction and control of God, thereby allowing them to
begin to mature and to function independently of the hardships and bindings of
A child built on
doctrine is less likely to be intimidated by peer pressure, and less likely to
be discouraged when failure occurs in their life.
The father is the head
of the home, and with that comes the responsibility of
encouragement, not discouragement.
Likewise, the wife
follows the same pattern with her children just as she does with her
husband.No criticism, no complaining,
no harassment of someone who is obviously younger and less mature than the adult
Parents should be the
idols and examples that their children should be admiring, instead of
celebrities.The parent should lead by
example and doctrine.And even though
the life of the parent may or may not be a good one, their adherence to God and
doctrine, sets the example by which God instructs the child.
And even though the
child may not get it at their young age, they will sooner or later in life grow
up and begin to have their own experiences that will bring the instructions of
their younger life, to their attention.
remarks, constant complaining, constant negative attitudes will serve to drive
the child away from truth, and into rebellion, indifference, and any number of
other undesirable attitudes.
The child is the
foundation of the next generation.If
the parents fail, then the next generation may fail as well.And that can domino into succeeding
generations and failure in an entire society or culture.Bad, is the only result of this direction in life.
A discouraged child
often loses interest in their own life.An encouraged child often will set higher goals for themselves, and
A successful parent
will teach doctrine, not lecture it, will encourage independent thinking, not
attempt to drive the child in the parents desired direction, and in all cases
will support the child, making themselves available for advice when it is
requested, without pushing it onto the child.
A child placed in the
hands of God is a far more successful person, than one who is forced into the
And just a quick note,
in our current dispensation, the final generations (one or two or three
perhaps) will most likely possess these examples of failed parenting, making
each subsequent generation not look to God, but to the promise of the
With that, fewer and
fewer will believe in Christ, building a huge population of unbelievers ready
to populate the Tribulation, which the Bible indicates will be a vast
population (of unbelievers) at the time of the Rapture.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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