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Monday, November 10, 2014

We have been considering how to create an environment in the family where children can readily learn how to honor their parents. The first step is to be committed to each other. Add to that respect for each other. In 1 Peter 2:7 it says, “Show proper respect to everyone.” How do you do this? You begin by seeing the potential in each other. Psalm 13:14 declares, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Every one of us is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We are all unique. No two of us are fully alike. God made us the way He did so that we would fulfill what He had in mind for us to be and do. When Adam and Eve had their first son they called him Cain, which sounds like the Hebrew for “brought forth or acquired.” Eve said in Genesis 4:1, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man!” Eve possibly thought at times about who would care for her if/or when Adam died. When Cain was born he was the answer from God to that question. When their second son was born, Genesis 4:2, they named him Abel, which means, “A fleeting breath or vapor.” They didn’t seem to fully appreciate his unique potential. In fact, he pleased God while his brother Cain didn’t. He brought blessing into the family. Cain brought heartache. After Abel was killed they had another son and called him Seth (Genesis 4:25). His name meant “granted or appointed.” They evidently came to recognize every child is a unique gift from God with special qualities to be respected. An environment of mutual respect contributes to making honoring each other more natural.

 

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