Father’s Do Not: Reflection #5

‘Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger…’ (Ephesians 6:4). Fathers are good at making their children angry. The same thing happens the other way round – children are brilliant at making their fathers angry! Is there a father who has not caught himself losing his temper with his child and stopped to ask himself what was going on: ‘I thought I was a mature adult and look at me now, behaving like a mad man.’

family prayer


The sad thing is that neither child nor father wants it to happen. Both long for a strong and happy relationship. The unexpected emotions are a sign of the power of family ties in the plan and wisdom of God.  They are also a reminder that family is a spiritual battle ground. Our adversary the Devil works to destroy family life. We don’t need to worry because God is with us and he is for family, but we do need to be constantly in prayer for our family life and for our children.