Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.—Ephesians 6:1-4
We are all a child of someone. This means we all have a father and mother. But many of us don't know them, don't have a healthy relationship with them, or don't have ones who believe in God. Yet this does not change God's commandments or his pecking order for the structure of the family. It was the first Father who established this order, and some promises go along with it.
Notice that to those who follow Christ, there is a manner of living that restores the order and duty of the family. There is a mutual authority and respect that are expected of father and child. Children are expected to trust their parents as they follow the Lord. Fathers are expected to use their authority with care as they discipline and instruct.
If you are a child today, honor your parents as far as you are possible.
If you are a father today, restore good authority by caring tenderly to your role over your children.
ASK THIS: How can you restore honor and authority in your family structure?
DO THIS: Do one thing to be a better father or son today. Just one thing.
PRAY THIS: God, you are the best Father. Sometimes you feel like my only Father. Help me to love others as you love them—my parents and children. May I be a better natural son and natural father, and may I reflect the Father you are to those in my home.
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