Obedience and Respect
I am sure most Christian parents, at one time or another, have pointed their children to Colossians 3:20,
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
Or to Ephesians 6:1-3,
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth."
These two character qualities of obeying and honoring parents are vital to pleasing God. But it is important to understand that obedience has to do with an outward act, while honoring has to do with an inward attitude of the heart.
As parents, we all can remember those times when our children may have been outwardly obedient but were being inwardly disrespectful. You may have gotten them to sit down in the corner, but while they sat there, they were thinking, "I may be sitting down on the outside, but I'm standing up on the inside!"
If you are a parent, it is critical for you to deal just as swiftly with a disrespectful attitude as it is with a disobedient act. It is part of your God-given role of teaching your children obedience and respect for authority.
As your children learn how to obey and respect, you will not only bring them peace, they will experience God's blessing in their lives.
So as you work to raise your children to be the people God desires them to be, make a priority of teaching your children the qualities of respect for authority and obedience. Someday they will bless you for it!
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