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DISCIPLING MY CHILD

Sunday, 14th July, 2019 [Thanksgiving for Rev. Wisdom Sabla]

Bible readings

  • 1 Samuel 2:22-25
  • Ephesians 6:1-4
  • Mark 10:13-16

Hymn of meditation: PH 147

Our great Shepherd Christ Lord Jesus,

Laid His life for His own flock,

For their safety and salvation,

He gave all, for His dear sheep.


THE STORIES OF TWO CHILDREN

  • A young Ghanaian lady described as youth was found burning the Holy Bible.My question is; what will cause a young lady like that to engage in such a sacrilegious or religiously disrespectful act?
  • A father is heard advising his troubled young son; who seemed persecuted for pledging allegiance to God through Jesus Christ.
    • Again, what will cause, this time, a parent to be that sure about the future actions and decisions of a child?

DISCIPLING MY CHILD

PAUL ADMONISHES

  • The second reading from Ephesians 6:1-4is part of Apostle Paul’s encouragement to believers in Ephesus (you and me), to be of the highest moral standard; the focus here is on family life.

“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.”

  • Verse 1 admonishes children to obey their parents in the Lord.
  • Fathers (not mothers), are admonished not to provoke their children to anger.
  • Believers in the Good News of Jesus Christ must of necessity accept the witness of Jesus in absolute faith as a little child will.

BUILDING A GODLY HOME

The first reading from 1 Samuel 2:22-25reveals some lessons for godly family life;

“Now Eli, who was very old, heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they slept with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. So he said to them, “Why do you do such things? I hear from all the people about these wicked deeds of yours. No, my sons; it is not a good report that I hear spreading among the LORD’s people. If a man sins against another man, God may mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who will intercede for him?” His sons, however, did not listen to their father’s rebuke, for it was the LORD’s will to put them to death.”

  • Fathers play divine roles in the family (Hebrews 12:7).

“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”

  • Fathers are God’s representatives and are duty bound to first of all know God for themselves, lead their wife to God and train their children to equally know and love God (Deuteronomy 6:1-9).
  • Fathers or parents must respond appropriately in all godly ways to wrong acts of their children.
  • Parents must recognize the sovereignty of God in the process of parenting.

CONCLUSION

  • Children are asked to obey their parents in the Lord – Ephesians 6:1.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

  • Fathers are admonished not to provoke their children to anger
  • Believers in the Good News of Jesus Christ must of necessity accept the witness of Jesus as a little child will.
  • In a godly home or family, fathers are God’s representatives and must play a divine role.
  • Fathers or parents must respond appropriately in all godly ways to wrong acts of their children.
  • Parents must recognize the sovereignty of God in the process of parenting and respond in prayer

God help us all, as Adults, Parents and the Church to disciple our children.

Amen!

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