Christian husbands and fathers should know well the Biblical imperatives to “Love their wives as Christ loved the church and do not provoke your children to anger” (Eph. 5:22-6:4). Yet, fewer know how to practically obey these clear commands. This past week, my friend, David Murray on his blog, reminded me of 2 great practical lists that instruct how to do just that. The practical ramifications of these commands are also fresh on my mind as I am preparing to preach a short family series in August at our church, then to preach a family conference in September in Clovis, New Mexico.
The first list comes from this 9 marks article that explains practical ways for a pastor to love his wife and children. I was one of six pastors who contributed to this article and these things apply not just to pastors, but all Christian husbands and fathers who desire to obey Ephesians 5-6.
The second list was written by Lou Priolo and is one of the most helpful articles I have read on understanding the ways we can provoke our children to anger. Read this list and honestly assess your heart on the ways you are most prone to fall into these traps.
Pastors, remember your faithful care of your wife and children is not only an essential part of your ministry, but it is a requirement for you to continue in ministry (1 Tim. 3: 1-7).