|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.