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April 7 – Obey Your Parents

April 7, 2012

“Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Rom 1:30-32

That’s quite a list of sins… and Paul says they are all worthy of death, not just those who commit them, but those you consent to them also.  Wow!  Later in this same book we read that we have all committed sin, and that the wages of sin is death (spiritual death).

While all of these things are despicable, what strikes me today is the mention of the ones who were “disobedient to parents.”  This is an issue in our society, without a doubt.  I’m not going to go into why it is, or what causes this, but will address a couple of things on my mind.  I want to speak to parents and to children.

First of all, kids, your parents are not the enemy.  Treating them as such is rebellion which is blatantly forbidden by God.  It fact, under the old law, its punishment was your death.  Does this not at least tell us how God feels about disobeying our parents?  I think so.

For most of you, your parents have chosen for you a path in the Lord that will only bring you joy in this life if you will listen to them.  They know what is best for you.  Your friend’s parent doesn’t know what is best for you; your leaders in the church don’t know your needs; your parents know.  God gave them specifically to you for you.  God gave you specifically to them and for your benefit.  Sadly, not all kids have this blessing.  If you do, thank God.

Now then, you may want to call them old fuddy-duddies, or some other characterization; but the fact is, they have been through nothing less than what you deal with, and it is their job to see you through it.  Obey your parents.  This is not only the best advice to give you, it is a command of the Lord.  If you disobey your parents, then you disobey God… it’s that simple.

One of the primary ways for  your parents to help you is for you to open up and talk to your parents.  Tell them what is on your mind.  Tell them what you are struggling with.  Unless you do this, they will have a difficult time trying to coach you through the difficulties you have.  Chances are, they care for you more than you know.  Take the risk and talk to them.

Parents, watch you children.  Listen to them.  Look at their heart.  You get one chance at raising them successfully.  You ignore them now, they will ignore you later.  You fail to raise them in the Lord now, they will leave the Church tomorrow.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” – Eph. 6:1-3

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  1. Lowell R. Price permalink
    April 25, 2012 9:04 am

    So very well put Leland, Hope this goes far and wide. Papa

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