Nurture Your Children in the Lord

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

Erma Bombeck a popular humorist and author, entitled one of her best selling books "Family- The Ties that Bind...and Gag" While we smile at her title, we all know the Erma tapped into a universal truth. Family relationships can frequently be frustrating, challenging, and even hurtful. But, they can also bring us joy and blessing.
Paul had a special word for fathers(and mothers as well) in this verse. If adults aren't careful they can place unresonable expectations on children. A childs tender heart can be quickly wounded by harsh words, unfair comparisons, or ridicule.
Paul balanced his warning with encouragement to train children in God's ways, disciplining them while loving them. Parents are to cultivate their childrens interest and knowledge in spiritual truth, using biblical principles. A spiritually and emotionally well-nurtured child is a joy to parents, as well as to God.

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