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Spirit Filled Relationships - Children and Parents

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Ephesians 6:1-4

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The Required Action

Obedience is required for children.
The last days will be filled with trouble, including disobedient children. (ESV) But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. (2 Tim
It is to be done unto the Lord. Obedience is always based upon obeying God.
It is right. Simple, this is what God wants.

The Necessary Attitude

Quoted from the 10 Commandments.
Honor - value and respect.
Honor was to continue throughout life.
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for breaking this command -
They said they honored God, but they despised his commands.
Honor those to whom it is due - your parents included. care for them in old age.
Honor God through showing honor even when it is not deserved. David and Saul.

The Parent’s Responsibility

Provoke not to anger. Through:
Inconsistent discipline (empty threats, abusive language)
Unrealistic demands
Selfish ambition that you place upon them.
Raise them by the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
The end goal is not that they simply do your wishes, but that they follow the Lord.
Discip
Discipline - correction and training.
Instruction - teaching in Godly attitudes and behavior. Show them Christ!
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