Mile Markers on the Road of Godly Families
MILE MARKERS ON THE ROAD OF GODLINESS IN PARENTING
I have made the words "GODLINESS IN PARENTING" an acronym to help you remember these points. Each of the 18 letters that make up those two words Godliness and Parenting stand for one Biblical Mile Marker along this road we should be following. If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters - or ever plan to, this road map and each of these mile markers are for you!
First let me just list them. Here are the measurable and intentional areas of the personal spiritual life of our families we should be heading for:
G A Godly Life
O An Outreaching Life
D A Disciplined Life
L A Loving Life
I An Integrity Life
N A Noble Life
E An Exemplary Life
S A Spirit-Filled Life
S A Sacrificial Life
P A Patient Life
A An Affectionate Life
R A Respectful Life
E An Easily-Entreated Life
N A Nurturing Life
T A Thankful Life
I An Iniquity-Hating Life
N A Not Behaving Rudely Life
G A Gentleness Life
GODLY LIVING Titus 2:11-13 "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ."
- I WILL NOT CHOOSE TO LOOK AT WHAT GOD CALLS EVIL. Psalm 101:3-4 "I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness." (I will search God's Word to learn what He hates, and what He loves, and imitate those areas!)
- I WILL NOT USE MY MOUTH TO SAY WHAT GOD CALLS CORRUPT. Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. "
- I WILL SEEK TO PLEASE GOD IN ALL I DO. 1 Corinthians 10:31 "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
- I WILL NOT CLING TO MY OLD HABITS, I WILL LOOK UP NOT DOWN. Colossians 3:1 "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God."
We are like sheep, that's what God's Word says. And sheep will blindly, habitually follow one another along the same little trails until they become ruts that erode into gigantic gullies, so we humans cling to the same habits that we have seen ruin other lives.
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