DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILDREN IN LOVE


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”–Ephesians 6:4(NLT) 

The purpose of parenting discipline is to help children grow, not to exasperate and provoke them to anger or discouragement. Parenting is not easy—it takes a lot of patience to raise children in a loving, Christ-honoring manner.

But frustration and anger should not  be causes for discipline. Instead, parents should act in love, treating their children as Jesus treats the people He loves. This is vital to children’s development and to their understanding of what Christ is like.          

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PARENTS AND CHILDREN HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO EACH OTHER

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.”–Ephesians 6:1-4(NLT) 

If our faith in Christ is real, it will usually prove itself in our relationships at home with those who know us best. Children and parents have the responsibility to each other. Children should honor their parents even if the parents are demanding and unfair. Parents should care gently for their children, even if the children are disobedient and unpleasant. 

Ideally, of course, Christian parents and children will relate to each other with thoughtfulness and love. This will happen if both parents and children put the others’ interests above their own—that is if they submit to one another.   

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CARE FOR YOUR SPOUSE AS YOU CARE FOR YOURSELF

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”–Ephesians 5:31-33(NLT) 

The union of a husband and wife merges two persons in such a way that little can affect one without also affecting the other. Oneness in marriage does not mean losing your personality in the personality of the other. Instead, it means caring for your spouse as you care for yourself, learning to anticipate his or her needs, helping the other to become all that he or she can be.

The creation story tells of God’s plan that husbands and wives should be one; “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one”-Genesis 2:24 (NLT), and Jesus also referred to this plan; “…Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning ‘God made them male and female.And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.”” –Matthew 19:4-6 (NLT). 

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SUBMITTING TO GOD AND ONE ANOTHER

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter five. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy!

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.“–Ephesians 5:21(NLT) 

Submitting to another person is an often misunderstood concept. It does not mean becoming a doormat. Christ—at whose name every “every knee should bow, in Heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:10)—submitted His will to the Father, and we honor Christ by following His example. When we submit to God, we become more willing to obey His command to submit to others, that is, to subordinate our rights to theirs.

In a marriage relationship, both husband and wife are called to submit. For the wife, this means willingly following her husband’s leadership in Christ. For the husband, it means putting aside his own interests in order to care for his wife. Submission is rarely a problem in homes where both partners have a strong relationship with Christ and where each other is concerned for the happiness of the other. 

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STAND FOR THE TRUTH

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them.“–Ephesians 5:10-11(NLT) 

It is important to avoid the “worthless deeds of evil and darkness” (any pleasure or activity that results in sin), but we must go even further. Paul instructs us to expose these deeds, because our silence may be interpreted as approval.

God needs people who will take a stand for what is right. Christians must lovingly speak out for what is true and right.  

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YOUR ACTIONS SHOULD REFLECT YOUR FAITH

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!”–Ephesians 5:8(NLT) 

As people who have light from the Lord, our actions should reflect our faith. We should live above reproach morally so that we will reflect God’s goodness to others.

Jesus stressed this truth in the Sermon on the Mount: “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”- Matthew 5: 15-16

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BE WARY OF UNBELIEVERS

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do.”–Ephesians 5:5-7(NLT) 

Paul does not forbid all contact with unbelievers. Jesus taught His followers to befriend sinners and lead them to Him. Instead, Paul writes against the lifestyle of people who make excuses for bad behavior and recommends its practice to others whether they are in the Church or outside of it. Such people quickly pollute the Church and endanger its unity and purpose.

We must befriend unbelievers if we are to lead them to Christ, but we must be wary of those who are viciously evil, immoral, or opposed to all that Christianity stands for. Such people are more likely to influence us for evil than we are to influence them for good.

IMITATE CHRIST

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter five. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy!

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”–Ephesians 5:1-2(NLT) 

Just as children imitate their parents, we should follow God’s example. His great love for us led Him to sacrifice Himself so that we might live.
Our love for others should be of the same kind—a love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service.

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ARE YOU PLEASING GOD WITH YOUR ACTIONS?

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”–Ephesians 4:29-32(NLT) 

We can bring sorrow to the Holy Spirit by the way we live. Paul warns us against unwholesome language, bitterness, improper use of anger, harsh words, slander, and bad attitudes toward others.

Instead of acting that way, we should be forgiving, just as God ha forgiven us. Are you bringing sorrow or pleasing God with your attitudes and actions? Act in love toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, just as God acted in love by sending His son to die for your sins. 

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DO NOT LET ANGER CONTROL YOU

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.”–Ephesians 4:26-27(NLT) 

The Bible doesn’t tell  us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If vented thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. 

Paul tells us to deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships rather than destroys them. If we nurse our anger, we will give the devil an opportunity to divide us. Are you angry with someone right now? What can you do to resolve your differences? Don’t let the day end before you begin to work on mending your relationship.

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