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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, January 10, 1996
Dear Colleagues,

DADS: DO YOU WANT A SIMPLE OUTLINE ON RAISING YOUR KIDS?

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Good Morning!

Ephesians 6:4 lays out four basic principles:

#1  Fathers, do not PROVOKE your children to anger.” 

Literally:  ”Don’t exasperate them

“Don’t overcorrect them

“Don’t be harsh with them.”

How easy it is when we return home from work to bark at the kids…Let ‘em know who is boss!

#2   “FathersBRING THEM UP…”

Literally:  Cherish them

Treat them with tenderness

Esteem and appreciate them

When was the last time you took your kids off “trial,” gently embracing one of them  and saying, “You are precious to me…I love you…”      .

#3  Fathers…bring them up in the DISCIPLINE…of the Lord.” 

Literally:  “Training” –  Visualize  the training necessary in turning a floppy  puppy into a prize-winning show dog.
“Correcting”  – Visualize the painful re-setting of a poorly healed broken arm: Excruciating initially, but promising long range usability.

#4  Fathers…bring them up in the…INSTRUCTION of the Lord.”

Literally:  “Mild rebuke”: Reprimand, disapproval

“Admonition”:  Counsel, advice, exhortation

“Warning”:       Caution, forewarning, prediction

Kids need your mature perspective on the potholes that lie  in the road ahead.

As busy as we are, God has entrusted the primary responsibility of discipline and instruction to us Dads.

May God grant us the wisdom and the resolve to discharge with dispatch our responsibility in a Biblical fashion.

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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