Day 3: Children
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your mother and father” (Ephesians 6.1-2 NIV).
The Bible says that to please the Lord it is your duty to obey and honor your parents.
What the Apostle Paul means by this statement is that if the children are old enough to understand the command of the parents, they must obey their parents (unless this would require disobeying God). Paul also states that as long as children are single and dependent on their parents, they are obligated to obey them.
The fifth commandment tells us that it is a lifelong command that children love and respect their parents, and honoring your parents is one way that you honor and obey God.
Parents must be worthy of honor they expect from their children, and children pick up very quickly if their parents teach one thing and do other things, because it has been shown that actions speak louder than words.
Children must be given boundaries, and children without boundaries grow up without restraint.
Ephesians 6:4 explains, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord”. God has given parents authority over their children. However, to mistreat one’s children is to abuse the authority God has given.
“Father, thank you for the victory that is certain through your son Jesus Christ. Thank you for clearly stating that Jesus is the way and the truth and the life and that no one comes to you except through him.” Amen.