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Obey Our Parents as Unto the Lord

Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” – which is the first commandment with a promise – 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

82015 RayWe will continue to unpack this important passage about families.  God gives loads of instructions to families in the Bible.  This passage began by telling children to obey their parents.  I liked that!  As we move on – we see that a child – obeying their parents – has a stipulation.  Let me quote it again for us to read.  Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Most parents simply say – Children, obey your parents – and they stop there.  As we see – the stipulation given is in the Lord.  I have heard this explained several ways.  One reading is that young children should obey their parents (assumption – godly parents) in their faith journey.  Obey your parents as they follow the Lord.  Another reading is to obey your parents – which is a spiritual requirement – as you follow the Lord.

Our emphasis on being godly parents – a godly family – is very important.  I know a number of youth who attend worship alone – without their parents.  I know women and some men who attend alone – without the other spouse.  If as parents we are to be the example that our children follow in Christ – as they obey our guidance while they are young – we have a major calling my friends.

The verse ends with for this is right. Obeying our godly parents while we are young is in the will of God.  It is right and the thing to do!  Being godly parents is a high calling!

I would love your thoughts on this – as parents or as children. Just leave a comment and lets talk about it!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


September 29, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , ,

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