How about this word, Nurture, from this verse:

Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

The word nurture is the idea of bringing them up, to nourish, to provide for with tender care. Nurture is training by means of rules and regulation, rewards and when needed punishments.

How do we provoke them to anger: anger on our part–maybe we bring it home from work, maybe it is because we have unmet expectations from our children or wife or even our own selves, hypocrisy on our parts (I was often guilty of this one, seeming to love others more or at least express love to others more than I did to my children, being more patient with someone else’s children, even demanding of my children areas in which I had personally failed), not taking time to talk to my children or listen to them–really listen allowing them the freedom to really say what they feel rather than only saying what they know I demand to hear, too much freedom, too little freedom, failing to be sensitive with what frustrates them–remember that all children are different and I can not expect them to be me, their mother, or their sibling.

Well that is enough on this post. This is literally how I study. What you will get Sunday remains to be seen but I hope that you can see that it is going to be good and useful to you and all your friends.

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