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Devotional - week of May 11, 2003


PARENTING BY GRACE

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

In Ephesians 4:20-24 Paul reminds his readers that when they learned Jesus, they learned to put off the old man and put on the new man.

Interpreted in the light of Paul’s other writings this means they learned that in their union with Jesus they were crucified, buried, and resurrected. They learned to put off the old man and put on the new man by experiencing their crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

Following Paul’s reminder of what his readers had learned about Jesus, he mentions several areas in which they should put off the old man and put on the new man.

One of those areas is family relationships—first, he writes of marital relationships and then of parent-child relationships.

In the parent-child section Paul commands fathers to put off the old man who provokes the children to wrath and to put on the new man who brings up the children in the training and admonition of the Lord.

When the father puts off the old man, he puts off the anger and the foolish thinking produced by the old man that evokes anger on the part of the child.

The putting on of the new man results in an infusion of divine love and divine wisdom, which results in bringing up the children in the training and admonition of the Lord.