Our society here in North America is very much lacking in respect. We don't respect our parents, our parents don't respect our children, we don't respect the elders, the elders don't respect the youth, the people don't respect the government and the government doesn't respect the people!
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The Bible gives us a truth that almost every family in North America has set aside in some form or fashion. Some more than others, but none the less we are all guilty of breaking this truth!
Ephesians 6:1-3; Colossians 3:19-21
Ephesians 61CHILDREN, OBEY your parents in the Lord [as His representatives], for this is just and right.
2Honor (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother--this is the first commandment with a promise--(A)
3That all may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth.
Exodus 20:12 (Amplified Bible)
12Regard (treat with honor, due obedience, and courtesy) your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land the Lord your God gives you.
We must learn to respect or we will (this is a definite promise) not live a long prosperous life!Have you ever wondered why so many young people are dying in the past few years?
Go back up and re-read the verses given!
The Bible clearly states that if we will honor, obey and respect our parents that we will live long on the earth. I'll let you in on a little secret that people try to get around and avoid. When God gives a promise, there is always another side to the coin! If we don't obey, honor and respect our parents we will not live long on the earth!
Parents this is also a mark against us! We must instill respect, honor and obedience into our children. As one of the verses above says, we must not provoke our children to wrath and anger. Too, often we are not willing to get down on our children's level and understand where they are coming from. We must respect our children if we expect them to respect us!
I firmly believe that the rebellion that is seen in this world is a direct result of a generation of bad parenting! This is due in part or in whole to the fact that we have disliked how our parents brought us up so we in turn rebelled from the "old ways", and now we have sired a generation that is totally lacking in respect and honor. Everyone is out for themselves, and no one cares about anyone else!
Well I better stop my ranting as I could take the rest of the day here! However, I think and hope you've gotten the point!
TEACH THEM TO RESPECT BY LEADING THEM! RESPECT AND YOU WILL GAIN RESPECT! Save this generation before it is too late, and the land begins to spew us out!
Yours for a revival of respect!