Let parents be warned

Todays’s Daily Homily had this little paragraph which I feel is a strong message, yet a neccessity.

Let parents be warned. If your children disobey, and violate the rules of your home, you have no right to treat them as you did before, until they have owned their sin. You must insist on penitence, confession, and reparation, though it take hours or days or even weeks of suffering and pleading to bring it about.

It reminds me of an incident not too long ago shared to me. A father was requesting his son to mop the floor of the home. The son went into such a tantrum. The son went into the kitchen, came out with a chopper and chased the father out of the home.

Then I noticed the father who shared the same incident to me, how he can order, or request his son to do things around the home. Upbringing. He told me. Upbringing is important. Everything needs to start from young. If one tries to correct a child when he is old, sadly, that is not always possible. Always start from young.

With this, it reminds me of a verse in the bible.
Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

May God help us as parents, to guide our children in the way of the Bible.

The full context of today’s Homily Reading below.

Our Daily Homily By F.B. Meyer

2 Samuel 14:14

“For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.”

THE means that David devised were really inadequate. He allowed his heart to dictate to his royal sense of justice and rectitude, and permitted Absalom to return to his country and home without one word of confession, one symptom of penitence. The king was overmastered by the father; and the result was disastrous. It shook the respect of his people, undermined the foundations of just government, slackened the bands of every family in the land, and confirmed Absalom in his wilful and obstinate career. “What!” said he to himself, “does my father bid me come back without conditions? Does he demand no confession or reparation? Then he condones my sin.”

Let parents be warned. If your children disobey, and violate the rules of your home, you have no right to treat them as you did before, until they have owned their sin. You must insist on penitence, confession, and reparation, though it take hours or days or even weeks of suffering and pleading to bring it about.

Into what relief does David’s mistake throw God’s way of forgiveness and salvation! Had he acted as David, and as so many wish us to believe, He would have reinstated the human family in the Paradise of his love without waiting for the work of the Mediator, or the confession of the prodigal. By the arbitrary exercise of his sovereign will He might have wiped out the record of our sins without our concurrence. But it would have been to the irreparable undoing of man. Hence it behoved Christ to suffer, by his blood making an atonement for our sins, and by his Spirit bringing us to penitence and confession.

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~ by ymsim on 2009/06/24.

One Response to “Let parents be warned”

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