Fathers, do not exasperate your kids – “provoke not your children to wrath.” Rather, raise your children to know the Lord, primarily by teaching them the Word and setting an example for them to follow. Do not lie to your sons and daughters, but tell them the truth in love. Be gentle with them as they have tender spirits. Do not subdue them to the point where they are incapable of expressing themselves, but allow them room to speak their minds.
Since masters are not to threaten, surely fathers are not to threaten their children.
Granted, spare discipline and you will regret the result. Solomon promises that if you “train up a child in the way he should go…when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22: 6)
Jesus recognizes that fathers are good to their children — that fathers have a natural inclination to love and protect their children. Fathers do not give evil to their sons and daughters when good is requested. Instead, a father gives the good gift — knowledge of the Lord.