Parents have the wonderful privilege and weighty responsibility of influencing their children. This influence can be positive or negative, as this verse shows. Don’t discourage your children; encourage and build them up.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged” (Colossians 3:21, NKJV).
Conflict will inevitably arise. When it does, parents must react in a temperate, mature and godly way, not in such a way that would provoke (enrage, exasperate, incite) their children.
Sometimes parents must stand firm in convictions their children do not understand or agree with. When that is the case, consider the following questions: Are you too busy or preoccupied to listen? Do you have unrealistic expectations? Are you inconsistent? Do you speak disrespectfully to family members (that would include cursing)? Do you overreact to accidents or childish irresponsibility? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, ask your family to forgive you. Pray with them, and ask God to show you His better way of responding to your children … and encouraging them.
If you are dealing with this issue, you do not need to face the challenge alone. Jesus has conquered every challenge so you can move from your present situation to a life of overcoming hope. Invite him to lead you in your journey. He will forgive, comfort, and heal you.
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