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Verses 1-3: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’”

Recently, when coming home late from work, I came to the aid of a stranger and his mother; they were having engine trouble at the gas station I had stopped at. In the midst of the conversation, the stranger asked me if I’d ever been mad at my mother. I nodded (what child hasn’t been mad with their parents at one time or another?). Well, he confessed he was mad with his mother, who had forgotten his wallet when she came to pick him up at work, and said half-jokingly, “I ought to take a belt to her”. This took me aback for a minute, and I wish now I had said more in response. No matter how mad my parents may make or have made me, I would never entertain the thought of striking them.

As Paul reminds the Ephesians here, this is the first commandment with a promise. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that if husbands and wives did what they were supposed to do according the The Word, then divorce lawyers would have nothing to do. Likewise, if children obeyed their parents more, and if parents acted like parents should (teaching, nurturing, disciplining, all in love), then juvenile court systems wouldn’t be so busy.

Something to think about today.

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