Summary: Nothing is more encouraging in a home than knowing how valuable you are. Nothing is more dicouraging than never being appreciated for who and what you are.
Recognizing Each Other’s Value
Six Characterisitics of Secure Families
We continue our study based off this acrostic. In an article these six were discovered to be common factors in strong, successful families.
S = Spiritual Bond
E = Express Positively
C = Consistently Discipline
U = Unite in a Crisis
R = Recognize Each Other’s Value
E = Encourage Each Other
Today look at how important it is to look at each other and hold them in proper respect. Knowing you are appreciated is a basic need of all of us. First, look at your partner.
I. Recognize The Value Of Your Spouse
House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD. Proverbs 19:14
In other parts of Proverbs and the Bible, adultery is spoken of as forsaking a best friend. Express you friendship to each other.
II. Recognize The Value Of Your Children
Valuing them does not mean we condone....
1) Sinful attitudes
2) Destructive behaviors
3) What the Bible condemns
Valuing them does mean we accept & accomadate...
2) Personality traits
3) Maturity levels
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Valuing our child means:
1)This child is God’s child, born to follow His plan.
2) We can glimpse the potential you have in Christ, and will do everything possible to realize that potential.
III. Recognize The Value Of Your Parents
1) Accountability-- to God. They are stewards responsible to Him for how they raise you. They are not accountable to you, your friends, nor your friends’ parents.
2) Authority-- given by God
3) Experience -- given by life. Yes, child, they have been through this. Notice that Proverbs chaps 2-7 all begin with, "My son". He’s been there, done that.
Important words keep popping up in Proverbs as a parent speaks to a child:
Wisdom– the "how-to" of life; listen, you’ll learn.
Understanding– the "why" it’s this way, perspective from God’s viewpoint. Understanding why God sees it the way He does will calm your heart when you cry out, "It’s not fair!"
My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; ...Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.