What is it about a child that pleases parents? What is it about a son that gladdens the heart of a father? What is the greatest compliment a dad could ever pay to his daughter?
These are the questions I was asking today as I went for a walk with my wife, and daughter, and dog – it was pretty easy really to come up with an immediate answer!
There are a couple of bible passages that immediately came into my head. The first is the command for children to obey parents in Ephesians 6.1-3:
“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 be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’”
Obedience, of course, for children, is their dutiful response to the Gospel. If they want to please the Lord Jesus, in gratitude for all He has done for them, then they will take this matter of doing what their parents tell them seriously. They will pick up their clothes, tidy their room, answer the door, pick up the phone, avoid unruly company, work hard at school, assemble for family worship, […]