Text: Ephesians 6:4 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
Introduction: The family unit is the way God intended as the environment to raise up future adults fit for society. The Devil knows if he can destroy the family; he can destroy society and thus the nation will eventually fail. It takes two personalities to raise a child. The discipline of the father and the love of the mother. When we go against this plan, we go against what God intended for us to do to have replacements when we die.
The Father’s Part: As a father, his job is to make sure the proper conduct of the child is taught; so that they will interact correctly with others in society. How many times have you been in a store and saw unruly children running about to the terror of the public? Fathers make sure the children know how to behave without being so harsh that they either hate discipline or tremble in fear. All is done through love because they are part of you.
The Mother’s Part: As a mother, her job is to make the home a place where all feel welcome and loved. You can feel the love in a home with a virtuous woman. Women who try to work and have a great home life will love one and hate the other. Our world today has almost made it impossible for the mother to stay home with the children. Can you see the results on the nightly news?
The Children’s Part: Ephesians 6:1-3 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Children that are trained from their youth up will not have to be driven to obedience. You cannot wait until they are young adults to teach core values. One of the signs of the last days is the disobedience of children and the refusal to marry.
Terrible parents equals terrible children equals a terrible future.
Conclusion: God gave us instructions on how to raise our children. We must try the best that we can and with God’s help we can raise some good citizens for this world and the one to come. May God bless our efforts.