How to Unjustly Provoke Your Children

Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Timothy Witmer in The Shepherd Leadeidentifies four ways that fathers can unjustly provoke their children: 

  • The first way to provoke your children to anger is to have unrealistic expectations.
  • The second way to provoke your children is to compare them unfairly with others.
  • The third way to provoke your children is failing to keep promises.
  • The fourth way to provoke your children is by unjust discipline. 

Rather than provoking our children Paul commands us to "bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."
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