“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
That’s it. That’s all Paul has to say to parents in his entire letter to the Ephesians. If you’re anything like me - a parent who is often overwhelmed, anxious, confused and scared - then you’re wondering the same thing I am: “Really? That’s all you have for me Paul? For all the questions I have, for all the wisdom and strength I need, this is all the instruction I get?”
After this initial barrage of questions goes through our minds, it becomes clear why Paul’s section on parenting is so short. He has been spending the last five chapters of his letter laying the foundation of what we need to know in order to be a godly parent. Rather than writing an entire book on how we should discipline or raise smart and powerful children, Paul instead focuses on describing the nature of our heavenly Father and the beauty of the salvation we have received through His Son Jesus Christ. Paul does this because he knows that if we have a firm grasp on the grace and love that has been extended to us from our Father, we will be equipped to extend the same grace and love to our children.
Like everything else in our Christian life, if we simply seek to know God more and desire to be like Him, everything else will be taken care of. This is so much better than having a long list of rules on how to be a godly parent because that would produce a rigid and legalistic relationship with our children. Wouldn’t we much rather have a relationship with our children that mirrors the relationship we have our Father? One based on grace, mercy, forgiveness, growth and love?
Join us on Sunday as we open Ephesians 6:1-4 and heed Paul’s instruction in “Godly Parenting”. God bless you all and hope to see you there!