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A Parent’s Responsibility

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants, because this is the right thing to do. The command says, “You must respect your father and mother.” This is the first command that has a promise with it. And this is the promise: “Then all will go well with you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

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In a world that’s becoming ever more materialistic, in a world where both parents and children, more and more, draw their values from what they see on their phones than from their family, what does it mean to actually bless your children?

I don’t know a single parent who doesn’t want their children to be blessed. In fact, my strong suspicion is that somehow, God’s hardwired us as parents, to want to bless our children. We can’t help ourselves.

But we live in a world with a distorted view of blessing. The more affluent a society becomes, the more “blessing our kids” seems to mean running them to every possible activity after school and on weekends, making sure they have all the latest gadgets and toys and designer fashions. In fact, when we don’t do those things, we start feeling guilty.

I see it happening a lot in the wealthy west and more and more, in so-called “developing economies” as well.

The reality is though, that in doing all those things, we can be cursing our children by bringing up a spoilt generation. Now there’s a scary thought!

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents the way the Lord wants, because this is the right thing to do. The command says, “You must respect your father and mother.” This is the first command that has a promise with it. And this is the promise: “Then all will go well with you, and you will have a long life on the earth.”

One of the greatest things that we can do as parents, is to teach our children to honour their father and their mother. Because according to the fifth of the ten commandments, if they learn to do that one thing, they will be blessed by God.

Is it going to be hard work? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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