Gray hair: Crown of gloryProverbs16:20-33
Verse: Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life
Apostle Paul is teaching about how we have to be worthy of our calling given to us in Christ Jesus. Here we are reminded that our God is interested in all that is happening in our relationships, and our lives behind the doors. Paul continues to give us directions for good relationships in the family between parents and children. We need to lead a life pleasing to our Lord as parents and children.
Children are to listen and obey parents in all their teachings and instructions, which is right in the sight of the Lord. This is a commandment from God with a promise given to all children and parents, which must be followed strictly in order to receive blessings while on this earthly life. It is worth noting that parents went through the same regimen and received blessings to become old enough and have wisdom, to lead the future generation. Christian parents have the best interest of their children and would give their lives for them. The rules and instructions are given for their good. Parents were young at one time and do understand many of the things their children go through in their life. Moreover, they have wisdom and life experience that can be valuable for children to listen and obey to lead a fruitful life.
In Verse 4: Paul is instructing the parent not to provoke their children. They may sometimes test the parent's patience or test the authority of the parents. In order to prevent children from controlling the family affairs, without provoking them, make children aware that they have to be submissive to the head of the family and his/her instructions. A parent can say the word “No” when appropriate, with a good reason, that can prevent provoking or aggravating them. Paul continues to admonish the parents that,” do not provoke them to anger, instead raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
The important thing to understand is, that children who are brought up in Christian love, values, and teachings based on scriptures from early on in their life will turn out to be good ones, obeying, listening, and serving parents and the Lord. Moreover, those children will more likely, honor their parents and will be fruitful in their life.
Lord Jesus, oftentimes we lived a life not worthy of our calling in our families, or raised our children with good value-based Christian education. Lord help us to mold our children and raise them up in the knowledge of our Lord, so that they will grow up to be good young adults, pleasing in your sight, and will obey their earthly parents and honor them. Amen.
Thought for the Day
We serve Christ when we raise our children, not in the way in which we think is best, but the way God says is best. God cares about how we handle ourselves as good parents.