TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, May 05, 2020:
A young person between infancy and youth; offspring or descendent.
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God? And this is what we are beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
I John 3:1-2.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
By God’s design we do not enter this world fully grown and self-sufficient. Therefore, we all know what it is like to be a child. Every child has the need to feel like they belong to someone and that someone loves and cares for them. Because God desires a relationship with us, He created this need within us.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are part of a family. John 1:12 tells us that to all who receive Him and believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. It was because of His great love for us (John 3:1-2) that God our Father made it possible for each of us to be a child of God by sacrificing His Son to die on the cross in order to pay the penalty for our sins.
Throughout the Bible God speaks to us as a loving and caring parent and in that role, He gives us His instructions in the parent-child relationship. In Ephesians chapter six as well as in Colossians the third chapter we are told that children are to obey and honor their parents.
In Proverbs 22:6 we are told as parents that we are to train our children in the way they should go and when they grow up, they will not turn away from God.
In Psalm 127: 3 we are told that children are our heritage. When John the Baptist was a boy, we read about him being a joy and delight to his parents. (Luke 1:14-15).
These same attributes of a proper parent child relationship can be related to us as believers in our relationship to God as children of God. We are to obey our Father. We are to honor our Father. We are to read the Bible so that God through His Word can train us so that as we grow as Christians we will mature in our Christian faith. God, our Father considers us as His heritage and wants us to be a joy and a delight to Him.
Child rearing today is a tremendous responsibility for parents. Children are being besieged by so many outside evil forces that their parents never faced as children. Self will is the root of most sin and misery and if checked at an early age it promotes future happiness. Children, who are allowed to do as they please, will most likely follow a path in life that leads to their destruction.
As every parent knows, children do not come with instruction manuals, and no two children are alike. In raising children today, many parents struggle with discipline. Some are afraid to discipline their children at all and others are all too harsh to the point of being cruel and abusive.
Proverbs 23:13 tells us “Do not withhold discipline from a child, if you punish him with a rod he will not die.” Just as God disciplines us, we are to discipline our children.
In this day and age parents here in America are fearful that if they “spank or hit” their child, they would be accused of child abuse, so because of this fear they are fearful of using any discipline. This should not be. Children need just and fair discipline to help them become responsible adults. Not only do we need discipline like children, we also need comfort.
As children of God we face many forces of evil in our lives. Bad times will come upon us but the good news is that as children of God, He will be always there for us. Jesus loves His children and comforts us when the bad times come upon us.
In Matthew 19:14, while He was on this earth, we are told that parents brought their children to Jesus to be blessed by Him. The disciples tried to shield Jesus from the children thinking they were taking Jesus time needlessly. They were very wrong in their thinking. Jesus loves children. Jesus responded by saying: “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Yes, Jesus loves the little children and as a child of God, we can be assured that He loves us, and He wants us to come to Him and to bring our children to Him. Jesus is still calling today for all who are willing to come to Him as little children for comfort and to receive His blessing of eternal life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 16:3.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.
We are so grateful that You have provided the way for us to be a child of God. Thank You for my children. Help me to be a Godly parent. Help me to teach my children to obey and honor You in all they do.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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