Full Growth…

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Colossians 3
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A caretaker, responsible for my children between birth and full growth. Yep i get it and accept it. For me that’s fine because of who my children have grown up to be.

This could be disappointing, for parents who are struggling with children who have no concept of this verse. i have no regrets as to how i raised my children. Whether they would agree, i don’t know for sure but i think so.

A person from birth till, full growth? Full growth is a process that occurs until the day we die. That certainly leaves a lot of time for this verse to be lived out in many variations. For the record i have two children. One young man and one young lady. Both have their own children and are figuring out what this verse looks like for their households.

Okay now for the difficult word that children have to swallow. Obey! Obey ranks right up there with submit as we discussed regarding wives, but before we get to worked up let’s get a look at what obeying means for children.

Obey: to comply with or follow the commands, restrictions, wishes, or instructions.

i can tell you from what i know about raising children that if they are not taught to obey at the earliest ages they will struggle in obeying period especially obeying God and His word. Obedience is a word that has been so watered down.

Before going further i will say that one of the greatest problems i see in parents is being able to let go of their children. There are some things that parents will not be able to teach their children. Children, just as i did must learn some things by themselves, through trial and error.

In everything…. really? Some of the stuff i see and hear parents directing their children to do, bring about concerns of safety and wisdom for the children. This verse comes as part of the previous 20 verses so for me it needs to be kept in context of what Paul has already described which includes being raised up with Christ, aiming, seeking and holding onto those things which are above, and then more recently understanding the role of a wife and mother, a husband and father. Under those circumstances there is no room for not obeying. Going back to James 4:1-2. What leads to strife (discord and feuds) and how do conflicts (quarrels and fightings) originate among you? Do they not arise from your sensual desires that are ever warring in your bodily members? You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war.

A little intense whether adult or child, James hits the nail on the head. Children get jealous and want what other children have. Ever seen a child burn with envy and anger over something they want but someone else will not give it to them, so they fight? Is there a parent alive that has not experienced the wrath of a child because they were told no? Children must be taught constantly about the promise that it may be well with them.

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