Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
God has given parents the responsibility of raising their children up to know the Lord. This responsibility should always be in a parent’s heart. Parents should not be negligent nor attempt to delegate this important responsibility. The church can certainly assist parents in this work, but the parents still hold the primary responsibility. Whatever children hear or learn from others, even from the church, they will always look to their parents for confirmation. The best way parents can fulfill this responsibility is to keep their own faith lively and vibrant.
Heavenly Father, impress upon parents the importance of their work to raise their children up to know the Lord. Confirm your promises to provide everything they need to fulfill this great responsibility. And give parents joy in this good work, setting their sights on the time when they can relate to their children as brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Life Application: Practice What You Teach.
There is an old phrase for pastors, “practice what you preach.” But this idea also relates to the responsibilities parents have as the spiritual heads of their households. “Practice what you teach” is a good reminder for parents. If we want our children to grow into spiritual maturity, we must take the lead. If our children see us growing in our faith, it will be a great encouragement for them to do the same. The ultimate goal of parenting is that we can begin to relate to our children as brothers and sisters in Christ and even begin to learn from them. This is a great victory for parents when they can begin to relate to their children on an equal spiritual footing. It is the sign of a job well done!