New King James Version (NKJV)
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 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
- Only 4 verses today, so let’s look at (v. 1) we read “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
- Now Paul moves to the children telling them to obey their parents. This one sound a lot like the 5th Commandment to me (Exodus 20:12). So why do I bring that up? Well it is because I hear too many people telling me that the Ten Commandments were nailed to the cross. If this was true them why did Jesus live by them and next why are the apostles reinforcing them?
- This verse makes me think about the life of my parents and the way I look at them. 1) Up until I was about 10 years old, they can do no wrong. 2) Then until I was about 25 years old, they knew nothing. 3) And now that I am (well let’s just say I am a little older than 25) Well maybe they were not so stupid after all.
- The only other thing I would like to say on this area is about the word “obey” I see this type of obedience as the same type that we should give Christ, the type that comes for the heart. I think it comes back to how we love our spouses, if we cannot love our family, friends and yes even those how wish us harm with the unconditional love that Christ has for us. How can we truly ever know Him?
- (v. 2) we read “Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise”.
- Paul here is reinforcing the commandments to show people that God’s laws are still in effect and that we should never disregard them. Please understand we are not saved but the law, but we are required to live by the law.
- “which is the first commandment with a promise”. I love reading this part; we see that there is much more to this commandment than just obeying my parents. I see a promise that tells me; if I love the way God intended for me to love, life will be good. Yes there will still be hard times but it is ok. When we love like this our faith will carry us through anything.
- Let’s finish with (v. 4) “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord”
- Now we come back to the man. God is telling us not to over extend our rights as the head of the house hold. Just like with our spouses we must be willing to sacrifice our happiness and yes even our lives if needed to insure theirs.
- And lastly I see that it is the responsibly of the father to insure our children are brought up in the ways of the Lord. I would like to reinforce the part about how it is the fathers responsibility to insure this, I see more women bring the children in to my church without the father. As head of the house hold we must set the example for our children.
Thought of the Day
“When our daughter was 3 years old, my wife and I introduced her to the “fine art” of dishwashing. It amuses me that many preschoolers want to wash dishes but parents refuse to let them. Then, when they become teenagers and no longer desire to clean plates, parents insist that they do.
The real issue, of course, is not doing dishes. Rather, it has to do with loving, honoring, and obeying God. As children love, honor, and obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1, 2, 3), they are showing respect for God. And when they do, they find meaning and purpose in their lives.
We are living in a world in which teen suicide is a disturbing reality. Why such despair? Too many young people have not found a reason for living. They don’t know the joy of a relationship with God.
In Malachi 1:6, God had to remind His people that He was their Father, because their behavior reflected that they had forgotten their relationship to Him. Not only had they forgotten that God was their Father but also that He was their Master, and they had failed to serve Him.
We can all live meaningful and purposeful lives. How? By knowing God as our heavenly Father, and obeying Him as our Master and Lord. —Albert Lee
Grant us, Father, hearts that love You,
Hearts that serve You day by day;
Help us find in You our purpose
For the things we do and say. —Fitzhugh
Personal Reflection and Discussion
- How do you think Romans 1:30 and 2 Timothy 3:2 compare to today topic?
- How do you interact with your parents?
- What other things do you see in the text?
- Call your Partner and discuss this devotional.
- Continue to have a prayer list and let the new people know you are praying for them.
- Pray with them and ask for the following;
- For God to bring understanding of your parents and their lives to you.
- For God to strengthen your relationships with others.
- For the individuals on your pray list.
- Let’s stay with (Exodus 21:12) for today’s prayer verse. Think about your relationship and parents and your children and you pray.