I was a school teacher for a few years (many moons ago). I learned many things in that time, but one of the things that stuck with me ever since, was that the parents’ input and upbringing of their children makes THE WORLD of difference to how the children turn out. Now there are exceptions to every rule, and no doubt there are those children who had little to zero parental love, nurture and support and yet they became mature, salt-of-the-earth citizens and became very successful adults. And visa versa.
Ephesians 6 v 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
The Ten Command-ments are meaningless to many people, and even many Christians assume they have fallen away. But Jesus said He did not come to negate the law, but to fulfill the law. We live by grace and the best part about grace is we are no longer judged by how well we keep the ten commandments, but by the blood of Jesus, by which every sin (past, present and future) has been forgiven. There is only one commandment that comes with a promise – see (Genesis 20) and we see it in the passage above. If we honor our parents then it will go well with us and we will have long life. Don’t make the classic mistake of drawing conclusions then about those who died young. See this as the importance that God places on children obeying and honoring their parents.
But before children honor their parents, they need to be taught right. Too many parents leave their children’s upbringing and the setting of their moral compass to the school. The result is children who are misguided, hooked on substances and rudderless in a scary world.
Fathers are given the ultimate responsibility to bring their children up in the way of the Lord. The mothers must support their husbands, but how many dads are too busy working to do this? Husbands leave the grooming and discipline to the wives, and parents leave the grooming and disciplining to the schools. And so we have boys who see girls as inferior objects, and girls buy into this stereo-typing and give themselves to boys without understanding the consequences.
I urge every parent who loves Christ, to think again and take up your responsibility. God bless you.