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Ephesians, Chapter Six, Lesson One

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 6            Page 5
V. 4 (Cont'd.)

** What type of patterns by parents can be used to provoke their children to this kind of anger and
resentment?

1) Overprotection
2) Favoritism
3) Pushing achievement
4) Discouragement
5) Failing to sacrifice for your children
6) Failing to let children be children
7) Using love as a tool of reward or punishment
8) Physical and verbal abuse

If we as Christian parents can avoid these patterns, we will go a long way in not provoking our children. cf. Colossians 3:21

** How about the positive commands, what is the first one?

"...bring them up in the discipline (of the Lord)"

paideia - refers to the systematic training of children. While this does include the idea of correction for wrong doing (Proverbs 13:24), the word used here by Paul has to do primarily with the overall training of children (Proverbs 22:6).

** What is the second command issued to Christian parents?

"...bring them up in the instruction (of the Lord)"

nouthesia - lit. "putting in mind" and it also includes the connotation of correction. It refers to the instruction of children in the areas of right attitudes and principles of behavior, which are found throughout the book of Proverbs.

** What is the only acceptable resource for all this training and instruction?

It must be "of the Lord"! As Christian parents, everything we do for our children is to be "of Him" and according to His word. Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we fulfill our calling for the glory of His name.

** What is the best instructional tool that parents have at their disposal?

Their own life! We must live what we teach. We should be able to say with the apostle Paul, "be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ". cf. 1Corinthians 11:1

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