While healthy parents reflect the love of God, unhealthy shame-filled, uncaring, unloving parents can do just the opposite; especially those who call themselves “Christian.”
God disciplines us like loving parents. God wants us to experience a healthy sense of “for your own good” fear.
The greatest challenge most people face is their unwillingness to live in and under the love of God. They either don’t know how to experience God’s love, run away from God’s love (as I have) or outright reject God’s love. There are, of course, many reasons for these reactions. Most of which traces back to poor human role modeling by “loved ones.”
Far too many fathers are absent.
Even worse are those fathers and mothers who are mean: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children — do not make your children angry; don’t be hard on your children; do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them — Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.“ 1
Exasperate…provoke…or, firmly but tenderly lead them in the way of the Master.
God our Father please forgive us when we get it wrong; and discipline us so that our hearts become tender and loving like yours.
1 – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians%206:1-4&version=NIV;NCV;NLT;CEV;MSG