CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 4, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 14

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

A DAILY ONLINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: DAY 14

Monte Holland

This is the fourteenth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons

Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/a-daily-online-lenten-study-guide-introduction/

 To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 13

Today’s photographs feature Torsey Memorial Church in Readfield, Maine. To view click on: http://ligonierliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/daily-online-lenten-study-guide-day-14.html

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Today consider the Fifth Commandment: 12Respect your father and your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.  Exodus 20:12

     Under the best of circumstances, a child begins life in a home with a mother and father. God expects parents to accept child rearing as a special responsibility—parents are stewards of their children just like they are stewards of any other gift from God. Even if a child does not grow up with both parents, or either parent, there is still a connection (genetic or social) that bonds them together. God has blessed the child with certain characteristics that have come to the child as a member of a new generation from these parents.

     Families as part of God’s Creation have a special role. Parents educate the new generation in God’s ways and teach children how to live as children of God. This alone is enough to cause us to honor to our parents. God loves people who are thankful. What are the things that we have because our parents have worked and sacrificed for us? The list is enormous. God chooses to give parents that responsibility. Children grow up safely because parents are there.

     Sometimes parents fail miserably, and children miss out on the special help that God expects of parents. If a child does not grow up in the care of a parent, or if the care is abusive, the commandment remains in effect for the child.

     The child responds to the fact that God chose to make these persons his/her parents. Poor stewardship by the parents to the child and to God does not relieve the child of obeying this commandment. (Reflect on this scripture verse: If my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up. Psalm 27:10 )

     Each person is responsible for his or her behavior, as a child of God. It may be difficult to honor parents who have failed us in one way or another. Yet we still are to treat them as persons that God loves and cares about. God is not pleased when parents fail to be obedient and good stewards, but God still loves them. God expects us to treat all persons well, but gives us a special responsibility to those who are our biological (or surrogate) parents.

The Fifth Commandment: RESPECT YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER AND HAVE A LONG LIFE IN THE LAND.

EXERCISES 

Exercise 1: Identify some of the things that parents do for us as we grow up: 

(eedf su) ________________

(tcetorp su) ___________________

(hceat su ot yarp) _________________________

(gvei su yots) ____________________________

(cheta su potrss) ___________________________

(rnatsrtpo su) ____________________________

Exercise 2: Name some of the ways that we (more…)

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