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THE LAW OF RECIPROCITY (HONORING AND RESPECT)

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) Ephesians 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Ephesians 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
Ephesians 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

A wise saying in Ghana reads, "When you throw a ball against the wall, it bounces back to you." It is the law of nature; you reap what you sow. You cannot plant mango and expect an orange. It is the seed you plant into the soil that will germinate. If you plant cassava, expect cassava; if you plant an apple seed, expect the fruit of an apple.

We can see from God's Word that He commands children to obey their parents in the Lord, not outside the Lord. As children, we must obey our parents who direct us in the ways of God, not the ways of the devil. If we obey our parents in the Lord, God will prolong our lives, and it shall be well with us. This is a promise attached to the command.

Some parents want their children to obey them outside the will of God. This is not the command of God because obeying your parents outside the will of God makes you disobedient in the sight of God and obedient to the devil. Some parents advise their children to engage in sinful acts. They tell their children to play the role of harlotry because of poverty.

Some parents advise their children hastily and expect their children to obey them. This is against the Law of God because the scriptures said children should only obey their parents in the Lord, not outside the Lord. Suppose your parents' advice challenges the Word of God. In that case, you are free to reject their advice because God cannot disapprove of His Word.

Sin means you transgress against the Word. If you obey your parents and disobey the Word of God, you have allowed the devil to manipulate you. I am not teaching you to disobey your parents.

The Word of God must be the criteria for your obedience. If your parents' advice opposes the Word of God, tell them respectfully that it is against the Word of God. No one is wiser than God; your parents may have an experience you do not have. Some of their advice may help you but make sure it is consistent and compatible with the Word. 
Let your inner peace guide you. Use the gift of discernment when an older adult advises you. Most of the time, the Holy Spirit will confirm their advice to you within your heart. Sometimes you will feel uncomfortable with the advice they give you.

This is a sign of alertness because the Holy Spirit is the ultimate guide to all Christians. Sometimes you have to pray before you embark on any advice someone has given you because their wisdom is limited.  

The Word of God further states that fathers should not provoke their children to wrath but train them in the ways of God. Fathers are the head of the family, and God has assigned them to lead the family in fear of God, not in fear of man.

If your parents do not train you to fear God but to fear them, they become enemies in the sight of God. This will limit the child from advancing into his purpose because the fear of man brings a snare (See Proverbs 29:25).

  • Don’t allow the decision of your parents to overrule the Word of God.
  • Don’t allow the decisions of your neighbors to overrule the Word of God
  • Don’t allow the decisions of your guardians to overrule the Word of God.
  • Don’t allow your boss's decisions to overrule the Word of God.
  • Don’t allow the decisions of your teacher to overrule the Word of God.
  • Don’t allow your leaders' decisions to overrule the Word of God.
  • Don’t allow the decision of anybody to overrule the Word of God.

Stay with the Word. Honor all men but give all the glory to the Highest God (Jesus Christ).

DIVINE KEY: Let all your decisions agree with the Word before you take an action




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