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Children Obey Parents

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right” Ephesians 6:1.

Direct and plain is this instruction from the Apostle Paul as he addresses the relationship children are to have with their parents: they are to obey them as long as parents tell them to do only those things that are “in the Lord”: that is, that do not violate a command of God.

When children obey their parents, they are rendering to them the honor that is due them, a principle taught in both the Old and the New Testament. To “obey” means “to hear under authority.” Parents have the authority to give instruction, and children are under obligation to hear them and to carry out their wishes.

Paul adds a moral principle: “for this is right,” meaning that this arrangement rests on what would naturally and logically be expected in a relationship like that of a parent and a child.

"Thought for the Week - 05/24/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.