Joshua’s notes: most of my readers are not married, but this is helpful to prepare!
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Paul says it should be based on training our children in the Lord.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
As with all other relationships we have looked at throughout the book of Ephesians, Paul reminds us to bring in the Lord. In doing so, we are to bring our children “up in the training and instruction of the Lord”. The Greek word for ‘training’ is ‘paideia’ and it means “to instruct”. “It also carries the implication of chastening or discipline, because effective instruction often includes discipline and correction. The Greek word for ‘instruction’ is ‘nouthesia’ which means “an admonition, warning , exhortation”. “nouthesia is any word of encouragement or reproof which leads to correct behavior.
Paul is suggesting parenting is a balance of encouragement and discipline in order…
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