Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger...
For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children... We exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children...
I have been troubled by anger as a person and parent. But if it's not in defense of others, then it's not righteous.
Angry parents may win every battle, but still lose the war, as their kids seek positive and negative means of escape. Yet if the family dissolves, the captain's lost his army. So how do godly parents fall victim to this fiery trap?
Possibly, they are inconsistent disciplinarians, allowing their children's bad behavior to go unpunished. When it goes from bad to worse, simmering parents boil over.
Perhaps they grow angry about work or life in general. They keep their outrage undercover, but unleash it at home, creating a war zone, with their kids as innocent victims.
Or maybe angry parents had angry parents of their own, perpetuating an oppressive generational curse. If anger runs down through your line, consider deliverance.*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Let's grow up in the Holy Spirit, modeling to both children and fans God's patience, kindness and gentleness.
Through Jesus, here's my personal goal: to stand as an oasis of peace, no matter how those around me act, including my beloved children. When discipline is necessary, that I give and receive it nicely.
'He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly' (Proverbs 14:9).
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC devotion series on deliverance: http://amtcdevotions.org/deliverance-part-1-what-about-it (50 parts).
* My favorite author on deliverance (behind God) is Derek Prince: http://www.derekprince.org/Store/Categories/1000003350/DPM_Store.aspx?filter_type_id=1000001025
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.