Word 4U Today

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY (IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR 3)

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‘…Bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.’ Ephesians 6:4 NIV

The Bible’s pretty clear on the way God wants families to work: ‘Honor your father and mother’ (Exodus 20:12 NLT).

But we know that in pretty much every area, life as we know it doesn’t match God’s standards – it turns out this isn’t much different.

Did you ever think of parenting as hard work? Just imagine: it means living for someone else, serious self-sacrifice (goodbye parties and shopping trips whenever!), and constantly stepping out of your comfort zone (think diapers and PTA meetings).

Today’s verse doesn’t make it any easier – God doesn’t just want children to survive, but to know true life in Him. (go check out John 10:10). That’s a big ask of already-hard-worked parents!

These last couple of days we’ve seen why parents can be really valuable in life-lessons, yet our fathers (and also mothers) can fall short of perfect; as does everyone.

So today, we’re talking about being big. Sometimes, the best way to ‘Honor’ your parents is to forgive them, to give them grace for their mistakes.

Grace is ‘unmerited favor’- and the truth is that they may genuinely not deserve it. (But if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve probably messed up big-time at some point, too.)

And so, like it or not, Grace is a pretty good picture of God’s forgiveness of us. We’re not taking this lightly; we know this can be at the heart of some real pain. If this is touching something in you, we’d really encourage you to take action. See below.

What now?

For some, that means just talking to your parents, clearing the air, and forgiving them. For others, today might be the start of a longer journey, by talking to a trusted Church leader, or even counselling. This isn’t about your failure, but we’re with you in prayer to help you do something about it. 

SOULFOODJohn 4:4-26 John 7:37-41 Exodus 17:1-7 Isaiah 35:1-7

Jolleese Plaire Dzadzovsky

August 18th, 2013

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