As noted in the previous day’s postings, parents need to spend much time with their children since parenting is a grave responsibility and not a hobby as some treat it.  Time spent with the children is necessary to prove that you love them, which they need to know from your words and deeds, and this time spent with them is necessary for the moral training of them which you are responsible for (Deuteronomy 6:7).  Although most of you already know this fact without my writing of it, but these Old Testament teachings are just as applicable to us as they were to the Israelites.  Granted, we are under a new dispensation through Jesus rather than the harsh rule of the law.  But then the Bible also tells us,  “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Therefore, all Scripture, whether from the Old or the New Testament is valid for teaching us the right way to live.  

Also, Jesus taught, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”  (Matthew 5:17-19).  Jesus’ new law of grace sets us free from the harsh rule of the law, not because those rules no longer apply, but rather because Jesus’ First Coming to be the sacrificial lamb made possible the one-on-one relationships that all Christians saved by Jesus have, which comes with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit whether we are aware of it or not.  Suffice it to say that all those old moral teachings still have validity in helping us to understand how to live a life walking in daily fellowship with God, but with His Indwelling Spirit, we now permanently have the power to live out those moral teachings.

And we should lean on and draw from the power of the Holy Spirit to help us to be the type of parents which our children need.  We can’t do it under our own power.  If we try to do these things without God’s help, we will most likely fail or do it the wrong way.  So, as with all things, it is best to start with God in prayer before we do anything else.  But once we start with His Spiritual Power, we should also remember that all His Law is founded upon love.  So all of our moral teachings to our children and all of our family rules should be founded on love and have a known purpose connected to love.  Moreover, the Love of God, which we emulate in all actions within the home, is a consistent, persistent, and orderly love.  So all family rules should be consistent, persistently applied, fairly and evenly applied, and should bring order and peace to the home, especially in each of the interactions and relationships among family members.  In order to accomplish these purposes, family rules should be clear, concise, applicable to all (even parents), and based upon the principle of love.  That foundational principle of love should ensure that all rules allow fairness and equal treatment and respect for every single family member. 

I pray that you will all be filled with the Power of the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish family interactions under the Law of Love. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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