Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)
4And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.

God has given fathers the power over their children, but they must not abuse that power. They are to train their children in the ways of the Lord so they might know Him. Paul is giving these words to the Ephesians as guidelines for Christian living and for family growth.


Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This is a reassurance to parents that if they teach their children about the Lord their children will continue to seek the Lord in their life. There has to be care given in the way discipline and training is given. Dr. Lloyd-Jones once said, “When you are disciplining a child, you should have first controlled yourself …. What right have you to say to your child that he needs discipline when you obviously need it yourself?” So it’s important for you as a parent to first understand what the Lord requires and follow what the Lord desires of you. Do you have that understanding? God’s word reveals His desire for you. Pray that He will reveal the things He would have you do. Ask how you might grow as a parent. Pray for wisdom and knowledge to be the parent you need to be.