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12 Things Fathers Do Which Provoke Children

posted on July 23, 2016

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). “Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Colossians 3:21).

Fathers do you discourage or anger your children? The scriptures clearly reveal God’s warning to fathers of the potential a father has to stir his children in ways which are wrong. How is this done? Recently, Glenda Franklin, a Christian counselor who is a member of our congregation, shared with me a list of things fathers do to discourae their children. She lists these from talking with children who were discouraged by their fathers. A father provokes wrath when:

  • He is disrespectful, critical, or unkind to his own parents.
  • He is disrespectful and dishonoring to his wife.
  • He criticizes their mother.
  • He commits fornication.
  • He uses money to buy what he wants instead of family needs.
  • He is disrespectful to the children by criticizing, put downs, and blames.
  • He ignores the child.
  • He is disrespectful toward God He lacks proper priorities (tailgating on Sunday instead of worship).
  • He disrespects those outside the family; friends, neighbors, etc.
  • He is an addict.
  • He is sexually, physically, or verbally abusive.

David Shannon
via Livingston church of Christ
Livingston, TN

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