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Fatherhood’s “Do Nots”

March 21, 2011

Ephesians 6:4 –

Fathers, do not exasperate  your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Five “Do Nots” of Fatherhood:

Criticism:  Often it is not the words – it is the tone of voice or the distracted eyes which say it all.

Overstrictness:  As conscientious fathers we have to say ‘no’ to many things. Thus we should try to say ‘yes’ to as much as possible, and save our no’s for the really important situations.

Irritability:  Only the Lord know how many children ‘lost heart’ because their fathers have ‘hard days.’

Some say you treat your fellow man

on the level.

But when you are home with the wife and kids,

are you as mean as the Devil?

Inconsistency:  Never make a promise to your children you do not keep!

Favoritism:  See Isaac and Jacob for tragic results of practicing favoritism with one’s children.

R. Kent Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Man, 49-52.

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