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AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 24, 2017

Saturday

 

Ephesians 6:4

 

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul addressed “fathers” because they are God’s ordained family heads on whom the

primary responsibility for child-raising rests. When a father is absent in a family, the mother usually assumes this responsibility. In Greco-Roman society, the father’s authority over his children was absolute. “This idea would have been revolutionary in its day; in the first-century

Roman Empire, fathers could do pretty much what they liked in their families. They could even sentence family members to death.

 

Christianity stressed consideration for the feelings of the children in parental responsibility.

Essentially, this command forbids making unreasonable demands on children in the

everyday course of family life.

 

Responsible authority does not wield power; it serves with it. Too many parents nowadays foster the latent mischief by a policy of laissez faire, pampering their pert urchins like pet monkeys whose escapades furnish a fund of amusement as irresponsible freaks of no serious import. Such unbridled young scamps, for lack of correction, develop too often into headstrong, peevish, self-seeking characters, menaces to the community where they dwell, and the blame rests with

their supine and duty-shirking seniors. “There is a ‘discipline of the Lord’ which is the responsibility of the parent, just as obedience ‘in the Lord’ is the duty of the child.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

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