We’ve launched into a discussion of what I’m now calling Polite Parenting. Yesterday, we began by considering:
Remember this is all grounded in a recognition that all our relationships are to be defined by submission to one another (Ephesians 5:21) and that the very foundation of this mindset is being polite. So as we consider the biblical instruction about parents and children, we understand that simple courtesy is the starting point of how we are called to interact.
Principle 2: Obedience matters because it honors God.
In Colossians, Paul shared this same instruction, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20 NIV)
The word obey in both these verses is the same, “hypakouo,” which means, to give heed, to follow, to yield.
We must not take this lightly – demanding obedience for our own convenience or self-fulfillment. Rather, we diligently train our children to give heed to our instruction because it affords them the blessing of pleasing the Lord.
Of course, this happens differently as our children grow older, but we must never allow ourselves the self-indulgence of believing that the major lesson of obedience is anything less that honoring God.
Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. ~ Plato
Thoughts? Ponderings? Conundrums?