Summary: A little girl was punished for some act of disobedience. Her mom and dad decide that her punishment will be for her to

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In Harmony or not? | A Godly Family by Rev. Shine.P Thomas

How does a Godly Family Look like?

Does your Home Bring Joy to you?

A little girl was punished for some act of disobedience. Her mom and dad decide that her punishment will be for her to eat dinner alone in the corner of the dining table, while the rest of them would sit on the other side of the table. As they sat down to eat that night the family paid no attention to her until they heard her pray: “I thank Thee, Lord, for preparing a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” Have you ever treated the ones who are precious to you as your enemies? Do you feel your loved ones resisting you at every turn? Does your home bring joy to you?

Guidelines for a Healthy Family

Worldwide families and its values are under attack. I heard a report last week that an 18-year-old girl committed suicide because the parents refused to give her money for drugs. Remember, until 14 she was the class topper. In 4 years she became a full-blown drug addict and by the time the parents found out, it was too late. Divorce, separation between spouses and problems in parent-child relationship are increasing by the day. How can we bring harmony back into our families?

We hold in our hands a treasure literature for growing our family relationships. The Bible contains countless pro-family principles and precepts. There are God-set guidelines for husband, wife, parents, and children. If we learn and practice them they will make our families relationally healthy and wealthy.

Instructions for Children

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Exodus 21:17

Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.%5

Proverbs 19:26

He who robs his father and drives out his mother is a son who brings shame and disgrace.

Proverbs 23:22

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 30:17

“The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures.

Colossians 3:20

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

The Bible commands the children (whatever age you may be) to obey your parents. This is God’s law. God has given the wisdom to the parents to bring up their children. Remember it may not be all that happy to obey, it can be tough sometimes but what they say is the best for you.

Samuel said to Saul, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” The Bible says obedience to God is better than sacrifice. It is God’s command to obey your parents. So obedience to your parents is equal to your worship to God.

How many of you like when your parents ask you to do something and rewards you for that. The command to obey your parents comes with a promise from God.

Promises for the obedient children

Ephesians 6:1-3

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3“that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

a. Blessed life.

b. Long life.

Proverbs 1:8-9

8Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. 9 They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

c. Obedience brings honour

I have seen both obedient and disobedient grow up. I have seen many children who suppress their desires, wants, and choices for the choice of their parents. It is tough to give up your choices and obey your parents especially when it comes to the matters of career, friends, marriage etc. On the other side I have seen children despise their parents, go ahead and do what they want. The end result is this: The children who obey the parents will be well in the future. It may be a temporary pain but it will end out to be good and best for them.

You may ask me, “Pastor, why is it that I must listen to my parents?” I know better than them, I know what is best for me, I am more educated, they are old-fashioned people, they do not know to operate a computer, what do they know about me? Listen, obedience is not about the quality, qualification, or ability of the parents. It is God’s law. When a child decides to obey parents, God stands by his word and God makes sure that the child is blessed.

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