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“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this pleases the Lord.”

Children in the family must resect and obey their parents, as commanded by the Lord.

“Honour your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you.”

Exodus 20:12

It is for the peacefulness of the family and the development of the character of the children that they regard their parents and do what they are asked. It is a blessing to be brought up in a godly household where the law and God and the love of God are worked out in the life of the family. It is more difficult if you are outside that experience, but the grace of God calls all kinds of people to Himself. 

It is important that we learn to respect our parents so that we can have some semblance of understanding of what it is to regard the Lord and obey Him. Obedience is pleasing to the Lord and was the defining feature of the life of Jesus Christ. He was obedient to the Father and obeyed all the commandments and the pathway that was set out for Him, that all righteousness might be fulfilled. 

“And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross.”

Philippians 2:8

There was no other obedient like Him, that He might be our example and advocate before the Father. We put on the robes of His righteousness because we have none of our own. We learn to obey the Lord, whether we had an upright beginning in life or not. Obedience pleases the Lord, so we must teach our children obedience and to conform to the authority over them. We also encourage each other to confirm to the obedience and image of Christ, that we also will be righteous people who please the Lord.