Transforming Frustration into Forgiveness: Parenting Lessons from Ephesians 6:4

Children are constantly watching everything we do. As parents, it is important to remember that our actions have a significant impact on our children. We cannot expect them to follow our teachings if we are not living by them ourselves. In Matthew 5:48, Jesus tells us " You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." That’s quite a daunting task!


This verse reminds us that we are called to be examples of Christ for our children, not just in our words, but in our actions as well. Our children are watching and learning from everything we do, and it is our responsibility to model the behavior we expect from them.


It can be easy to become frustrated when our children act like us or make the same mistakes we have made, but it is important to remember that they are learning from us. In Ephesians 6:4, we are told "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." This verse reminds us to be patient and understanding with our children as they learn and grow, rather than becoming frustrated with them.


I know sometimes it can be overwhelming when our kids make the same mistake for the third time in a row. We can become overtly angry when we told our child not to turn their cup upside down as we watch in horror as the lid falls off and the couch is covered in chocolate milk! Yes, we have all had our moments of deep frustration. Sometimes merited, other times overreaction. But I am reminded, time and time again, that the same God who is working in me to change my heart, is also working in the heart of my young children.


I pray, as a father, that I can model the same type of patience and forgiveness toward my children that I desire from my heavenly father.



Article written by BJ Eason.


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