Rev Cheong Yew Kwong
December 8, 2019
God-Designed Relationship with Parents & The Local Church
Rev. Doug Jones shared this from the “Life of Honor” class:
Our relationship with our father and mother has two God-designed stages:
1) Obedience stage – parental oversight. This stage has a beginning and an end.
2) Honor stage – personal or inward oversight. This stage has a beginning and no end.
The teenager who fails to make this transition will struggle as an adult in every area of life; both spiritual and natural.
True honor is a self-managed quality that flows outwardly from our inward man. It flows from our spirit guided by the Holy Spirit; with our minds renewed with the knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
The obedience stage: parents have to take the oversight. You cannot just leave your children alone to decide what they get involved in. You may guide them to make the decisions, but you have to watch over them and stop what is harmful. Seek counsel as to what to do to help your children. Doing nothing is waiting for failure to happen.
Parents are to watch over their children spiritually. Watch what they say. Get them involved in the church by you, yourself, getting involved in the church. Get involved in the prayer ministry; this is setting precept and example for them to follow.
Most importantly, pray regularly and ask God for direction and guidance to help your children. Pray for their future. Watch and pray and you will see the path the Heavenly Father has laid out for them.
Teach your children what the will of God is for marriage and teach them to pray for the will of God concerning their spouse. When the time comes for them to decide on the right one, parents should not dictate what kind of person their child should or should not marry. However, they must not consider anyone who violates the Word of God.
The best person may not be the right person for your child. The right person will be the best person.