Children Obey Your Parents

Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life on earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.   Eph. 6: 1-4

Paul…addressing children? Remember, when Paul wrote the letter to the Ephesians(between 61-63 AD)there wasn’t a bible. These letters were read to the gathered believers and sent on to the next group. So we see in Paul’s letter reminding children to obey and honor their parents, in so doing they will receive the promise of a long life on the earth. He then promptly turns his address back to the fathers(the head of the family) and warns them not to provoke their children to anger, but” bring up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

Fathers, how do we provoke our children to anger? For me, I guess the answer would be; not loving them in God’s way. Do I love my kids? Of course I do, that’s not what I meant. Loving them not only as an earthly father, but like our heavenly Father. How can we do that?

Let’s look at the definitions of love according to Paul in 1 Cor. 13:4-8: Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek it’s own interest, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…

Why would I use this scripture here, in reference to our children and not with our wife or neighbor and so on. Because so many times we say to our children, “I love you” and don’t act like it. Kids hear what we say, but they also see what we do.Remember the ’70’s hit Cat’s in the Cradle ?

It’s easy to go through the list with a spouse, friend, co-worker, but our kids…our gifts from God…our blessings? To often they get over-looked. Go down the list; am I patient with them? Kind to them? Arrogant with them? Rude with them?

Our children have things that are important to them. Let’s give them our time, like we know our Father in heaven gives us His!



2 Responses

  1. I find it very amusing that while you were here typing this Sam was arguing with me about whether or not she should take a bath tonight. 🙂

  2. Yes, there was much chaos while I was posting this. Ahhh, the joys of parenthood!

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