Don’t provoke: motivate and encourage one another

Ephesians-6 4In the days leading up to Father’s Day, once again, the focus of the Verse of the Day for June 18, 2015 is on fathers. Revised and re-posted from a year ago, this year’s entry looks at Ephesians 6:4 (NLT):

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.

Colossians 3:21 (NLT) provides a similar exhortation:

 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.

Not only are fathers not to provoke their children, but all believers in general are not to provoke God, their Father, by means of unrighteous behavior and unbelief, as the Children of Israel did in the Old Testament. Hebrews 3:16 points out what occurred:

For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.

The exhortation reminds believers that they should

“Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

Believers today are also to learn from the provocative behavior of the Children of Israel in the Wilderness whereby they did not enter into rest that God desired for them because of their unbelief.

Rather than provoking our children to wrath or to respond in anger, Hebrews 10:24 offers this reminder:

 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

This verse applies, not only to fathers, but to all believers. We are not to provoke one another, but we are to motivate one another and by all means “encourage one another” with words that we say and by works that we do.

Listen to a scripture memory song based on Hebrews 10:24-25: “Provoke unto Love and Good Works.”

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