You’re provoking me. Just imagine, for a moment, that a child, maybe even your child, comes to you and says “Dad, you’re provoking me o”.
LOL…I can almost picture your shock.
For starters, I imagine you’ll just say, ‘Huh?!’ google-eyed. Then I imagine you shaking your head, like “dem no born am well’’ while recovering from your shock. If your reaction is anywhere close or remotely aligned with my imagination, you may be guilty as charged.
Ephesians 6:4 counsels
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord” .
Specifically Fathers, as did many other versions of this verse.
Few versions, like the GNT, used the word Parents:
“Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction”.
Children throwing tantrums is a given and sometimes, this may not be without reason.
Some psychologists believe that tantrums and anger are at separate ends of the attention-seeking behavioural spectrum, appearing to represent distinct emotional intensities but both focusing on a PROBLEM that has to be SOLVED. One claims that a meltdown exists when a person is extremely angry.
So which is your child expressing? Are you paying attention?
What a joy, this Sunday at Daystar is all about our CHILDREN. And how perfect can the timing be?! Seeing as our theme for the month is Family Success and children are a major part of the family. So, get ready to enjoy another choice meal from the buffet we’ve been served this month.
Come expectant and don’t come alone. Invite your friends and family to join us on-site at any of our centres or online here. It promises to be A-W-E-S-O-M-E.
Meanwhile, how do you know if and when you provoke your kids?