“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.” (Ephesians 6:4 NLT)
The book of Ephesians is a letter composed by Apostle Paul during his imprisonment in Rome–a letter which was written for the Ephesians. Paul’s letter [to the Ephesians] was circulated among several churches, and it was his intention to remind them of God’s work in the past and where God has worked out his plans for the world in the present. This letter did not just serve as a reminder for the Ephesians who have lost hope in the fight against evil, but a vision for the future that all evil will submit to God. Paul then ended his letter with directives and instructions of how all Christians should live accordingly to God.
And so, in recognition of Father’s Day, I have provided a biblical verse to serve as a reminder for all fathers of how they should lead in a household. Nothing can equate to the responsibilities of a mother, nonetheless, fathers do play an important responsibility: guidance. God in a lot of ways is a father figure; and he does not provoke his children to anger. He does provide strong discipline through his words and teachings [such as the 10 commandments] of how his children should lead their lives but his love is never closed off from his children.
It is a shame that fathers today do get a bad representation from the world (due media, violence, etc.). But it should not serve as a discouragement. It should serve as an opportunity to show the world that there are ‘just’ fathers out there, who are protecting families and raising their children well.
So if you ever feel lost of “how to be a father,” look to the Bible for your consolation. Read this verse and remember how God teaches children through kindness–and not provoked anger.
Happy Father’s Day Everyone!
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: Do The Right Thing (princesdailyjournal.com)