In recent weeks there was a video on FB that went viral. After a Dad discovered his daughter’s inappropriate rant about her parents on FB, the Dad recorded his retort and concluded the video by unloading 10 rounds of a handgun into the daughter’s laptop. When I was growing up, there was a Dad in the neighborhood who always chose to punish his son, my friend publicly in front of his friends embarrassing us all as we stood by and shaming his son who to this day does not have a loving relationship with his Dad. In both accounts I believe the dads were “provoking” their children – going beyond appropriate disciplinary measures in ways that harmed rather than cherished their relationship.
The Bible says, “Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6.4)
In this way God provides loving boundaries for parents and children. Strengthen and protect them in the Lord without doing so in ways that intentionally provoke them to angry responses. For more visit, KarlGalik.com