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more gospel-centered parenting from Col

18/04/2011

more gospel-centered parenting from Col 3:21- 3:21 In the Lord, parents have a mutual responsibility to children. There is a command and a practical reason. Parents are told not to embitter their children. Paul used the term “fathers” in addressing the parents. The term may easily encompass both father and mother, as it does here, but it also served to remind them that the fathers bore a primary responsibility for the children in the home. Paul meant that they should not embitter or irritate their children. The word “embitter” (erethizō) occurs only one other time in Scripture (in 2 Cor 9:2). This speaks of an irritation or even nagging. Parents embitter children by constantly picking at them, perhaps refusing to acknowledge their efforts. The fact that children might become discouraged suggests that the parents too easily reminded the children that they were not good enough. This activity had no place in the Christian home. If correction were needed, it should have been toward the behavior of the child, not the child’s personhood, and it should have been enforced quickly. Discipline was not to be prolonged so that nagging occurred.
The reason for the command was to avoid discouragement. Constant nagging produces a situation where children are discouraged either because they cannot please those they love or because they feel they are of no worth to anybody.
In this case, Ephesians and Colossians complement each other by presenting two sides of the issue. In Ephesians, Paul exhorted the parents to raise the children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. This suggests a positive, Christian environment in which children will appreciate the Christian commitment of the parents. In time, children should believe in the Lord and mature in the Christian life and world view. In Colossians, Paul warned parents not to discourage their children. Especially in the child-rearing process, fathers were to embody Christian principles and remember the equality of all persons in Christ. In God’s sight, children and parents have equal worth, and parents were to treat their children with respect as persons. Richard R. Melick, vol. 32, Philippians, Colissians, Philemon, electronic ed., Logos Library System; The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001), 315.

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