Friday, August 28, 2020

The Kitchen Table   Ephesians Day 36

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), 3 “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.        Ephesians 6:1-4

Do not live provoking people.  It’s a hard way to live and no one will really like you.  Angst and anger destroy the fiber of relationships.  We pass the curses of sin down from one generation to another through angst and anger.  But this can be changed and anyone can be saved.  Here’s the thing, there is a natural progression that needs to happen.  We become good parents by becoming good people.  In Ephesians 5 & 6 there’s a natural progression from person to partner to parent.  The secret to becoming a good parent is in becoming a good person.  It all starts right here in our own hearts.  Angry people are angry with themselves first.  Let’s let God change our hearts first where we speak His word, sing of His works and see His will for our lives.  These types of people provoke love that creates hope than inspires faith.  Now that’s how to live.

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