God’s Trustworthy Advice for Parents and Children

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Being an Effective Parent in Today’s World

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the most fundamental truths of the Bible that can help guide us through our daily struggles. One such truth is that God has provides parents with wisdom on how to raise healthy, godly children, as well as instructions for children on how to behave toward their parents.

Godly parenting was not only relevant in the days of Paul but is incredibly pertinent for our generation. We live in a time marked by what some might call “problem children” and “problem parents.” Pastor Jim states there is an important observation being made in society.  That one of the major tensions we face today is a failure to listen to God’s Word. Adults and the younger generation are drifting farther and farther away from God’s teachings, so it becomes increasingly important for Christians to be diligent in raising their young ones but also to reach out to other young people. We need to do this now more than ever, providing much needed truth and guidance to counter the negative affects of culture.

Paul’s message is straightforward as he is talking to believers and to the church. He is saying that believing children are to obey their parents. But he doesn’t stop just there. He also instructs believing parents not to exasperate or arouse anger in their children but to train them up in the Lord.

The Role of Parents: Guiding with Love and Patience

Parenting is no easy task! It comes with its own set of challenges and rewards. But one thing is clear: the role of a parent is to guide their children with love and patience. As we mentioned earlier, Paul’s instruction to parents is not to exasperate their children. What does that mean? It means not to provoke them to anger or frustration. It means understanding their needs, their struggles, and their perspectives at an age-appropriate level. If we are going to walk a faithful walk, we need to practice a balance of discipline and encouragement.

In today’s world, young people are exposed to a myriad of influences, many of which can lead them away from the teachings of God. Social media, peer pressure, and the constant barrage of information can make it difficult for young minds to stay focused on what truly matters. This is why it is crucial for parents to be the consistent guiding light in their children’s lives, helping them navigate through these challenges with wisdom.

The Role of Children: Obedience and Respect

On the flip side, children have a role to play as well. Paul’s message to believing children is to obey their parents. This is not just about following rules but about understanding the importance of respect and obedience in the family structure. Obedience to parents is a reflection of obedience to God. When children learn to respect and obey their parents, they are also learning to respect and obey God.

In a world that often promotes self-centeredness and opposition to God, the concept of obedience can sometimes be seen as outdated or unnecessary. However, it is through obedience that they learn discipline, respect, and the value of listening to wise counsel. These are lessons that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Bridging the Gap: The Importance of Communication

One of the key elements in maintaining a healthy parent-child relationship is communication. Open, honest, and loving communication can bridge the gap between generations and help both parents and children understand each other better. Parents need to listen to their children, understand their concerns, and provide guidance that is rooted in love and faith. Similarly, children need to feel that they can approach their parents with their problems and know that they will be heard and understood.

The Church’s Role: Supporting Families

The church also has a significant role to play in supporting families. It is a place where both parents and youth can find guidance, support, and a sense of community. The teachings of the church can reinforce the values of obedience, respect, and love that are essential for a healthy family life. By providing resources, counseling, and a supportive community, the church can help families navigate through their challenges and grow stronger in their faith.

Walking a Faithful Walk: A Collective Effort

Walking a faithful walk is not something that can be done in isolation. It requires a collective effort from parents, children, and the church. It means being diligent in our faith, constantly seeking God’s guidance, and striving to live according to His teachings. It means parents guiding their children with love and patience, children obeying and respecting their parents, and the church providing the support and resources needed to strengthen families.

In conclusion, the message is clear: A healthy, strong family built on biblical truth will help give children the character and skills to be healthy adults who follow God. This fundamental truth should guide us in our parenting, in our relationships, and in our faith. By understanding and embracing this, we can successfully handle the challenges of modern life and it’s influence on the family. Let’s be diligent in raising our children and also reaching out to the younger generation to guide them with love, patience, and godly truth.

Lakeview Christian Church of Portage Lakes invites you to join us in this Sunday. Together, we can experience God’s Grace and share the love of Jesus with those around us.

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