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Summary: Children obey your parents. Sometimes more easier said than done. This message shows the honor and love expressed through obedience.

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Obedience and Honor

Ephesians 6:1-4

Ephesians 6:1 (NLT)

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.

Do What You’re Told

 Obeying your parents

• They have been placed in authority by God

• Obedience acknowledge their role

• Obedience follows through with action

• Done out of love for God and for parents

 Respect

• Respecting your parent shows respect to God

Ephesians 6:2 (NLT)

"Honor your father and mother." This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise.

Honoring Mom and Dad

 Honor

• Demonstrates love & respect

• Requires action

 One of God’s top ten

Exodus 20:12

Exodus 20:12 (NLT)

"Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.

Honoring Mom and Dad

 Honor

• Demonstrates love & respect

• Requires action

 One of God’s top ten

Exodus 20:12

• The first command dealing with interpersonal relationships

Ephesians 6:3 (NLT)

And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, "you will live a long life, full of blessing."

The Promise

 Fulfillment

• No regrets

• No shame

 Long life

Ephesians 6:4 (NLT)

And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.

Advice for Fathers

 Proper training and instruction

• Practical

• Spiritual

 The see of resentment

• Leaves a lasting trail of damage

• Gives a foothold to other issues of the heart

 Loving correction

• Not in anger

• Seeks to improve not harm

What Does Your Family Look Like?

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