We trained our kids NOT to say “I don’t care!” or “Who cares!” If they uttered either of these phrases they were asking for trouble.
Both comments are disrespectful and dishonoring, especially to parents. The Fifth Commandment says to “Honor your father and mother.” One way children honor their parents is in caring about how they respond to them.
Another way children honor their parents is by obeying them cheerfully, not begrudgingly. Parents need to train them to do that. If we allow our children to treat us—or anyone else—disrespectfully, then we are not training them in the way they should go. We are not being obedient to God. We are not helping our children.
My parents loved us with deep affection, yet they were also strict disciplinarians. We never crossed them. Never! We had great respect for them and we loved them deeply.
In some ways I compare the love I had for my parents with the love I have for God. The Bible tells us in Psalm 111:10 that “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” Exodus 20:20 tells us “the fear of God will keep us from sinning.” It’s true!
There is a healthy fear of God. Anyone who does not fear God is foolish. Even though I loved my parents dearly, I feared crossing them. That is a healthy fear. It kept me in line.
Who cares? You’d better care—or else!
- Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
- Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Psalm 111:10
- SONG: INTO THE LIGHT – by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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