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Online Bible Verses - Ephesians 6:4 - Fathers, do not exasperate your children

Updated on June 18, 2012

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

Ephesians 6:4

Some additional stuff, it appears, related to Father’s Day. And, I’m thinking, so timely and applicable. My wife and I got up kind of late yesterday, so she missed Sunday school and met us at service. Myself and the kids, of course, can get ready in a few minutes. No shower required; just throw on a fresh pair of undies, slap on some deodorant, get dressed and I’m good. Same goes for the little ones.

Dropped them off at Sunday school, then went to Starbucks for a coffee. So I was going to be late or miss Sunday School as well. But being the semi-screw up and hypocrite that I am, it was par for the course. Ran into my friend Glen, who is a fellow believer and hypocrite as well. Did you know that being a Christian, by definition, actually requires that one be a (confessed) hypocrite?

We sat and talked, the discussion centered around Father’s Day and being dad’s and stuff. We agreed that it was a good time to recharge our spiritual batteries, and make this a week where we, above all things, would be calm leaders for our families. For whatever reason, maybe God’s, I had that theme already working in my head when I went to the coffee shop; turns out Glen was there, maybe also arranged by a God who is able to effectively micro manage even seemingly small details in a big world.

Today’s verse drives a key point home: “do not exasperate your children”. The mark of a strong leader, one who does not sweat the load and transfer his/her resultant anxiety on to those under his/her care. Easier said than done, but I can do it with God’s help. I have proven that I cannot outside of His grace, but inside of it I can. The only requirement is that I believe in and on Him for that help.

So I am looking forward to a good week, will check out Glen at Starbuck’s next Sunday and see how he did.


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    • lucabrasi profile image

      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Yes we can. earth angel makes me think of "Back to the Future"

    • earth angel Susan profile image

      earth angel Susan 5 years ago from Central Flordia

      You can do it! All things are possible through Christ who gives us strength.