Monday Insight 5.20.13

Parents just don’t understand!
These are the lyrics of a popular song from my teen years.  So many young people feel this way.  Parents often feel this way.  They think they understand.  I mean after all they have been there before, but it has been a long time and times have changed.
Today I want to give you a little encouragement and challenging on Biblical parenting from Ephesians 6:1-4
The call of parenting is to bring up.
You are not raising a child.  You have a child.  You are raising an adult.
We must bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Instruction is the principles from our lips.
Training is the practices of our lives.
There is nothing more exasperating for a child than to have parents that the principles of their lips do match the practices of their lives.  If you profess to follow Christ but do not practice the commandments of Christ, it confuses, discourages, and exasperates your children.
So, there is a great question I want you to ponder.
If your children obey every word you say this week, what will they do that honors Jesus Christ other than obey you?

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