Posted: May 22, 2013 in Colossians 3
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“An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with – for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.”

How true that is. The word Caretaker means a person who takes care of another. It goes even farther as in a person who is in charge of the maintenance. The dictionary says a building, but i am expanding it to a child. The building and maintaining of a child.

Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. It’s not only pleasing to the Lord, but to parents, grandparents and the general population as well.

Ephesians 6:1 says, Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

“That it may go well with you.” No obeying… no promise. If you do not obey your parents, “it may not go so well with you.” Simple enough right? Who doesn’t want things to go well? To answer that look around, watch the behavior of children. Then there is the in-between state. In-between obeying, honoring and getting a not so well life and a shortened living long. If i am going to live long then i want to live well.

God gave me children, assigning me to be responsible for them. According to Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. How do I do that? Talk about them wherever i am, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time i get up in the morning to when i fall into bed at night. It does not work if i apply it only when they disobey.

Children- Children is plural for child. Child means, a person between birth and full growth according to Webster’s.

i noticed this verse is not age specific. When is a child old enough to be accountable for obeying? my answer, the day they are born. If that made anyone gasp hold on

Benefits for obedience mean a cost for lack of it.These verses may seem harsh but what about the flip side? A child who knows no boundaries… no, a child who is not held to boundaries is … i’ll let the word say it.

Proverbs 13:24 ESV – Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Hebrews 12:11 ESV – For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Proverbs 23:13-15 ESV – Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you strike him with a rod, he will not die. If you strike him with the rod, you will save his soul from Sheol. My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV – Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:15 ESV – Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV – Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 29:17 ESV – Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV – The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

There are dozens more but why beat a dead horse. i love this quote.

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson Former First Lady

  1. ldipascal says:

    Thanks Ed – your post today will make a great dinner time devotion for our family this evening. Great stuff!!

    Leah DiPascal

  2. John V says:

    I couldn’t agree more with your blog. Thanks for the nuggets!

  3. Titus 2:3-5 ESV Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, (4) and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, (5) to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.

  4. Nita M. Cleveland says:

    “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” (Proverbs 17:6, ESV).

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