As we begin to discuss this topic let us remember that God’s Word is the foundation for all life. God’s Word is a sword, it’s a weapon, not a band-aid. God’s Word is powerful, it teaches us how we should fear God, and love others. If we have been born again in Jesus, then we should strive to obey Him. If we truly fear Him, then it will present itself in our lives.
Two Kinds of People
There are two kinds of people in this world, those who fear God, and those who love themselves. These two kinds of people both act in such a way so as to reflect what they believe. Behavior is determined by the heart, a Christians’s entire belief is based on faith in Christ, which takes place in the heart . The fruit of their life should reflect the hope that is in them. Unbeliever’s behavior is based on their own personal interests. And therefore their behavior reflects on this and they have bad fruit.
Relative to the Little Ones
Children are no different, a child’s behavior reflects on their heart. Children are prone to behave selfishly, they were born in sin and thus act accordingly. What I am saying is that a child’s behavior is not the problem. A child’s behavior does not spring forth uncaused, it is noticed because it irritates and thus draws attention to itself. However, the real issue is the heart, a child’s behavior is determined by his heart. So if his heart is with the Lord then his actions will be determined accordingly.
The Blessings of Honor
Let’s take into account the commandment given by God requiring the honoring of ones parents. A child who fears the Lord will hope and strive to honor this commandment. This child will honor his parents because he desires to honor God. God promises many blessings to the one who honors this commandment, and even though none of us can ever hope to do this even a little bit, we pray that God looks at our heart and sees that we desire to do so, and bless us for it. Now a child that has rejected God’s commandments, will be cast off, because he did not honor God by honoring his parents. Let us strive, hope, and pray that we can always honor our parents, and thus honor God in His commandment to us.
The Fear of the Lord
A child who loves the Lord will act with love towards others, he will have others best interests at heart, and not his own. In the opposite, a child who does not have the fear of God in his life, will act selfishly, his only care in the world is his personal interests. In the light, a child who actually strives and longs to obey his God given parents, will be blessed by God. However, the child who doesn’t care, will be cursed. The center of all human behavior spring from the heart. The light of Christ should shine in those who love and fear Him. While others flee from that light, in their sin and wicked behavior. Christians stand firm in God’s Word, and their actions are that of love and kindness to all fellow men.