Angry children—we see them in the grocery store, in the schoolyard, on the news, and possibly in our own homes. While all of us, including children, are responsible for our choices, as parents we’re warned not to provoke our children to anger (Eph. 6.4). One way we do is through hypocrisy, telling them one thing while doing another. Before you proclaim your innocence consider today’s reading in Ephesians.
Also in today’s New Testament reading, we’ll talk about the armor of God. What is it? How to we put it on?
Isaiah 61 & 62
Angry Children, Hypocrisy & the Armor of God
This chapter continues to illustrate how a Holy Spirit controlled life should be reflected in various relationships.
Children should honor and obey their parents (Eph. 6.1-3). Parents should raise their children “in the discipline and admonition of the Lord” and not treat them in ways that would provoke them to anger (Eph. 6.4). One way we provoke them to anger is by living a hypocritical life—telling them one thing and while doing another.
We can’t discipline our children for lying and then “call in sick” because we don’t want to go to work.
We can’t teach our children not to steal and then pilfer from our employer.
We can’t preach respect for authority while we disdainfully talk about “the cops” or brag about what we can get away with.
We can’t discipline them in anger or chastise them because they have “broken our law” by bothering or inconveniencing us.
We can’t say one thing while we do the other without being parental hypocrites and without the strong possibility we will provoke our children to anger.
In his book The Heart of Anger, Lou Priolo lists 25 ways parents provoke their children to anger including: marital disharmony, having a child centered home, being inconsistent with discipline, and parental role reversal, among others.
In the Workplace
Our relationship with God should, also, affect our employer-employee relationships. If we work for someone else, we should be good, faithful employees. We should work hard, not just when the boss is looking, but all the time, out of a desire to please God, who sees everything (Eph. 6.5-8). Bosses should treat their employees and subordinates well, again out of a desire to please God (Eph. 6.9).
The Armor of God
Then in verses 10-17 we have the “armor of God” with which all believers should be equipped. We need to wear the “belt of truth” by getting rid of anything in our lives that will hinder us from having victory in the battle. Unforgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, and the like have no place in a believer’s life and will hinder your walk and spiritual growth. Continue reading