July 25th, 2014 | By admin
By Aunt Mary
Neighbors of ours have a granddaughter who left home because she couldn’t get along with her mother. The grandparents found her living with her boyfriend and they brought her to their house. They set ground rules, which she didn’t like, and told her they’d help her with her college expenses. I commend them for that, but what about the parents? Why are they not being parents?
God blesses us with wonderful children. They are clean and pure when He gives them to us. It’s up to us as parents how we raise them. We can”t leave them to their own devices. A parents’s role is not easy. It’s hard to be the bad guy, but we much to instruct our children. We, as parents, should be guiding our children and nurturing them in the faith of God. It’s our responsibility to train them up to be Christians. Too many in the world today don’t believe that, but it’s the way God intended it to be.
No one should expect the church to teach their children all they need to know. If a Sunday School teacher is lucky, she will have a child for one hour and thirty minutes each week. There is only so much we can teach that child in that time period. Out of the 168 hours in each week, a parent has 166.5 hours to teach their children. By the time you subtract school, sleeping, and a few other activities, a parent has approximately five hours a day to teach their child. That’s thirty-five hours a week that could be spent in teaching.
God saw the need for parents to teach their children. In Deuteronomy 11:19-20, Moses is instructing the children of Israel how to teach their children. This is what God told Moses. “‘You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.’” God is telling the parents to talk to their children about His Word, even have it written where the children can see it.
Parents have other duties toward their children as found in Ephesians 6:4. “and you, Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” We are to train our children in what is write and what the Bible teaches.
Children have responsibilities also as found in Ephesians 6:1-3. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your fathers and mothers,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’” This is your responsibility as a child. Parents should be teaching their children to obey, but sadly that’s not true all the time.
My prayer is that you live in a home where you are respected and you respect your parents.