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TEXT : “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”- Ephesians 6:4.

COMMENT: The task of bringing up children in a loving and scripturally prescribed manner takes a lot of patience, diligence and sense of duty. Though, sometimes the child may not be comfortable with the parent’s disciplinary measures aimed at nurturing him, the Bible shows that the use of “the rod of correction” is allowed when the need arises.   - Proverbs 13:13, 14, 24.

Children ought to be raised with great tenderness and love. When the need arises for them to be cautioned, counselled or reproved, it should be done in a manner that would not discourage nor “provoke them to wrath”. Effort should be made to convince them of their improper conduct and carefully allow their reasoning to go to work. It is also a bounden duty on parents to give their children good education according to their means.  Spiritual education should, understandably, have the pride of place in the up-bringing of children as that will enable them to grow up “in the nurture  and admonition of the Lord.” King Solomon wrote: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6.

As the ones responsible for the education and training of their children, parents themselves, being the instructors and guides, should be shining examples or models for their children both in word and conduct. Compare John 13:15; 1 Peter 5:3.

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