Children, Obey Your Parents

get-attachment (22)We’ve all heard the verse from Ephesians, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” (6:1). As a mother, I have taught this verse to my children. I have tried to get them to understand it. There isn’t a Sunday School in the world that hasn’t taught this verse to little ones. It is very easy to memorize but extremely difficult to follow. But, I don’t want to get into how children should obey their earthly parents. I want to write about us, God’s “children”, obeying our Heavenly Father, who is our “parent”.

We are children of God, so we must obey God. He gave us the Bible as a guide to know right from wrong. The Bible gives us clear instructions on how we should act as Christians. God gave us commandments to obey. It seems like a simple concept. Obey God. But, as humans we have a sinful nature. That is why we need Jesus. He was sent in our place. Obeying God is not simply doing what the Bible says. It is living out His Word daily. It is telling others about Jesus. It is loving others with unconditional love; the way God loves us. We must always show God’s love to others. We may be the only “Jesus” some people may ever know (by that I mean we must act like Jesus.)

When I was a little girl I was not very obedient. As a matter of fact, I had that “smartest mouth” (says my mother). I always had to have the last word. I wanted to rebel against my parents and I did many times. There are consequences for disobedience. My consequences were normally being grounded or having something taken away. God also has consequences for our disobedience. We may not suffer them now. The consequence may be that when we get to Heaven we will have nothing to show for what we did for God. For me, that is the ultimate consequence: To have nothing to show for my life as a Christian. That makes me so sad to think that some people may have nothing to offer to God. Sure, we may still go to Heaven. But, ultimately our desire is to please God and offer our whole lives to Him.

Recently, I have felt God asking me to do something. He is giving me a command. He is expecting me to do what He asks. It is very hard for me to do this “thing.” God has told me I am to be a quieter, more gentle mother. Wow. That is so hard to admit. I can be a tough mama. I can yell at my kids sometimes. I don’t mean to but it happens. I lose my temper and allow my anger to come out in shouting at my kids. I have felt terrible about this. God knows that it is not my desire to do this. So, I am obeying God. I am committing to not yell anymore at my kids. Instead, I am going to whisper.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” –Proverbs 15:1

I set the mood for my home. Me…the mother…the wife…the “homemaker”. How can I make a home peaceful if I am always angry and shouting at my kids? The answer is simple. I can’t. But, God can. God has spoken to my heart and has commanded me to stop being so harsh. His word says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control” (Galatians 5:22-23). I am showing my kids who Jesus is by the way I act, speak, react. It is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I am not going to lie. It. Is. Hard. I love these precious blessings that the Lord has given to me. He has entrusted their souls into my care. Therefore, I need to take care of them because they are God’s children first and foremost.

So, the moral of this story is: obey God no matter what. In the end, you will be rewarded for your obedience. God wants to bless us. He wants to give us the desires of our hearts. All we need is to ask and obey. My prayer is that I will be a light in the darkness of this world for my children. If all they ever see is an unhappy, screaming, angry mother what does that say about the world? What does that say about Jesus? In obedience to God, I am giving this part of myself over to Him. I can’t do it all by myself. But He CAN. He WILL. I am going to dig in to my Bible every single day. I am going to surround myself with scripture, especially Proverbs 15:1. My prayers will be for peace, love, and gentleness.

If you are going through something similar (maybe not the same), I am praying for you. Give it to God. We are weak in our fleshly desires. But, we are strong with God on our side. He is who I want to reflect every day to my children.

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