Bible Summary. God holds the parent-child relationship as special. God tells us in the ten commandments to obey and have respect for our parents. The Bible tells parents that they should respect their children and not provoke them. The parent-child relationship is one of truth and honor. The same relationship that God desires of us as God’s children is the same relationship that we should have with our children. Parents should be the source of wisdom and every good thing for their children. See below for Biblical advice and commentary on respecting parents and respecting children.
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Respect For Parents.
God holds the parent-child relationship as special. In the Bible our relationship with God is continually compared with a parent-child relationship. God tells us in the ten commandments to obey and have respect for parents. Ephesians advises us to obey our parents in the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord:”
Respect For Children.
God expects all us to have respect for children. Parents are here to encourage children, and not provoke them. We are to respect children just as God expects us to respect all of mankind. Colossians 3:21 advises us to encourage children.
Colossians 3:21, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”
A Parent-Child Relationship Includes Truth and Honor.
A Christian parent must always get God’s truth across to his children and he will not be disappointed. For children, God tells us in His Word that they must honor their parents which will assure them that they will have a long life. Ephesians 6:2 advises us to honor our mother and father.
Ephesians 6:2, “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)”
The Benefits When You Have Respect For Parents, Children, and God.
There are many benefits to having mutual respect for parent, respect for children, and respect for God. Parents should their respect children and provide wisdom and good things to their children. Children that obey their parents benefit from their parent’s wisdom and the good things that their parents provide them. Psalm 84:11 advises us how God acts as a parent toward us.
Psalm 84:11, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”