Christ and the Church 5: Christ In My Family Pt. 4

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Children Obey

God’s Design For Children

Children obey your parents. This commandment is written larger across the pages of scripture

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

There is no question that for a family to be successful, children must obey. That obedience to both parents, both the husband and the wife.

Now where does that obedience stop,  at what age or at what circumstance?

Of course in one sense obedience stops when you leave your father's house.  When you are no longer under his roof, you are no longer under his authority.  But in another more important sense obedience to your parents never stops.  The way we live our lives, raise our children, go to church, work and conduct ourselves is all a direct result of our obedience to our parents. We continue to obey in the way we live our lives.

The only circumstance in which obedience would be justified would be when a parent by their own actions no longer acts like a parent. When instead of protecting, loving their child they bring grave harm and hurt to their child.

Of course, honoring our parents never stops, at any age, or under any circumstance.  I will always be my parent's child.  I should always honor them and the name they have given me.

It is never harder following the Lord than when it comes to the intimate details of our lives and our family. Yet it is at those exact times when me must follow and obey all the more closely.

Quit believing the world’s lies. God created the family, believe what He says about it. God has a plan for the family, do what He instructs. God has a promise for the family, put your trust in him and fulfill that joyous promise. Believing the lies of the world will bring the same sorrow, pain and suffering that is always the world’s lot. Believe and act in the truth of God’s word. Wives submit, Husbands love and children obey. It is a simple plan, but because it is God’s plan it is powerful and filled with His promise.