Divorce is not a Dirty Word
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother-- which is the first commandment with a promise -- that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4
As you get to know me, you will discover that obedience means an awful lot to me. I guess the reason is because God taught me over the past three years how very important it is to Him. The song "Trust and Obey" puts it beautifully in the refrain:
Trust and obey,
for there's no other way,
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
When we develop an ear for listening to the voice of God obedience is easier. I personally think the group of people who have the most difficult time with this is teenagers. They are at a place in their lives where "cutting the apron string" is of utmost urgency. In most cultures there is a "rite of passage" to help teenagers vent anger and at the same time earn respect in the community and for themselves. It is very sad that American culture has not developed some form of this ritual.
Like most of us, if we only knew then what we know now ...right? Today's scripture teaches a marvelous truth. When we honor our parents we honor God. When we honor God, He is free to bless us.
The last scripture is the biggy! I don't believe the Lord was speaking only to men. I think I have the ability to frustrate and exasperate my children just as good, if not better, than their dad. When we are too demanding, too lenient, or just too anything, our children have a tendency to lean to the rebellious side. We need to reach a happy medium between justice and mercy. Our Heavenly Father has been able to do that in our lives and we need to study His ways in order to accomplish balance in our own.
Do the best you can in loving and training your children, then "trust and obey" your Father as you desire them to obey you.