Ephesians 6:1-4 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Command to the children: Obey your parents for this is the will and command of God that you honor your mother and father. It is a command with a promise that if you do your days may be long in the land. Your life will be blessed for obedience.
Children you are told by God to honor your parents which means to respect and hold them in high regard and not evil speaking of them. Your attitude towards what your parents tell you to do should be one of obedience and not talking back in disrespect. You are responsible for submitting to the authority of your parents, heed and follow their direction and instructions while under their authority as your parents.
Command to the Father: You are to be the head of your house as the example of "Priest" in your home among your family.
Father, you are commanded to never react in an emotional way that is unhealthy for the relationship between you and your children and your family as a whole. Anything that will cause them to react in rebellion to your authority, but instead lead a godly life that shows the example of a Godly Father who walks with the love and nurture of the Lord your God in word and deed.
There is a word of caution to you Fathers and that is "do not provoke your children to wrath". There are many ways this is done but I will name a few. Do not do anything that will cause your child your child to become angry and resentful towards you. An example of this would be showing favorites among your children, constant negative talk to them, rejection of them or any constant nagging words of discouragement, i.e. "you are on the wrong path and will never be nothing."
Jesus said "with love and kindness have I drawn thee". Fathers, you are to do the same with your children. Be patient and work out the issues together in a peaceable and loving way. Remember, this is your family.
Father when you discipline and instruct your children God's way you will be doing them justice in raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord your God who command you to do just that.
The example of a godly mother and father is desperately needed in ALL homes today. Children need to see an example of God in us. They need to see us praying, reading the bible and hear us talk about God. They need to share in family bible study time as a family with dad as the leader, or if a single parent home, the parent as the leader.
Yes our children need to see parents whose walk and talk lines us with the word of God as an example of what they too can become as they too learn to obey God's command concerning them also.
Parents if you love your children raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord would not be an option for you. Will they still stray?" Possibly. But, scripture declares that they will one day return back to the Lord. Do your part as the parent and God will do His part.
The call is for parents to walk worthy in the manner in which God has called you as parents to your children.