Do you provoke your children to anger? If you asked me that question prior to Sunday's sermon my answer would have been, "Probably, but I'm not even sure what that really means." Preaching from Ephesians 6:1-4, my pastor, Tony Rose, gave a great message on parenting at one point highlighting seven ways that fathers can provoke their children to anger adapted from John MacArthur.
Take some time to read over this list and let it sink in. I know that my heart has been pricked by the Holy Spirit to seek the Lord and ask for his help in not tearing my kids down but "building them up in the instruction and discipline of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4).
How Fathers Can Provoke Their Children to Anger
- Well-meaning overprotection
- Comparing one child with another
- Pushing achievement beyond reasonable bounds
- Discouragement and lack of sincere encouragement
- Making your children feel like they're in the way
- Pushing a child too much, not letting them be a kid
- Using love as a tool of reward or punishment
- Physical and verbal abuse