1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

  • We continue to talk about “submit to one another in the fear of Christ” - this is the next category of that
  • children - someone who is under the care of their parents - someone who is not responsible for themselves legally
  • obey - it does not say obey - it says listen to - that is not LESS than Obey it is MORE than Obey
    • when you don’t want to
    • when you have heard it a million times before
    • ACTUALLY listen don’t just imagine you already know what they are going to say
    • CONSIDER - THINK - challenge yourself - am I right about this?
    • God and parents are not interested in robotic obedience - they are interested in loving, respectful, thoughtful obedience to the HEART of what they said not just to their instructions!
  • "in the Lord” -
    • Not to the point of disobeying God
    • It is a part of your obedience to God - if you are dishonoring your parents you are dishonoring God
  • Family is a reflection of our relationship with God:
    • God gave us Fathers, AND Mothers to teach us about Him
      • about how he feels about us
      • about how we should feel about Him
      • about how and WHY we should do what He says
        • obeying God is NOT about a dictator holding authority over our heads saying “do this or else"
        • God is a king and he is Sovereign - and that is the best news anyone could ever get.
          • He is a dictator - but not a tyrant
          • He is love - He is FOR US
          • He has all resource - and NEVER STOPS GIVING
          • He KNOWS EVERYTHING
        • IT is ALL about HIM and that is so GREAT!
      • When our parents love us - really love us - it is such good news that they are in charge of our welfare

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