Fathers, Mothers, and Youth

I firmly believe it is time for Christians to stand up for what they believe in. Strive to be a shining light for God in the midst of this sinful world.

Matthew 5:15-16:

“Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Just as it says here, let the light you received from Jesus Christ shine before all men. Don’t hide it and be ashamed of it, for if we do that how are others supposed to hear and be saved? If you do not preach, they cannot hear. If they do not hear they cannot be saved (see Romans 10:13-15). This is the reason the Great Commission was given.

Matthew 28:19-20:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Whether you go within your city, across your country, or across the world, we are told to go and make disciples. Do not neglect this command.

Youth, do not think that since you are young you do not matter. When it comes to serving God, He can use any age He wants. Instead, be a good example for others; for you may not know it but if you claim the name of Christ and strive to live for him, there will be people watching to see if you live what you preach (see 1 Timothy 4:12, Proverbs 23:22, Proverbs 23:24).

MOTHERS AND FATHERS LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD.

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

“These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your ancestors, promised you. Hear,O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”

Fathers, be the leader of your household. Raise your children with Christ as a role model. Strive to be able to spend eternity in Heaven with your children one day (see Proverbs 17:24-27, Ephesians 6:4, Proverbs 5:18). Mothers, be faithful to your husband and do not lose hope. Often your deeds in the household are overlooked. Just know that you are needed to keep the household moving and God has placed you there for a reason. Teach your children in the way they should go (see Proverbs 22:6, Proverbs 11:16, 1 Peter 3:4).

Proverbs 4:1-9

1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. 2 I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. 3 For I too was a son to my father, still tender, and cherished by my mother. 4 Then he taught me, and he said to me, “Take hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands, and you will live. 5 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. 6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. 7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get[a] wisdom. Though it cost all you have,[b] get understanding. 8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. 9 She will give you a garland to grace your head and present you with a glorious crown.”

Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

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