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Series: Luis Palau | Bridging the Gap

For many of us, our role as a parent is a defining aspect of life.  On “Reaching your World with Luis Palau” this week, Luis takes a thoughtful look at the relationship we have with our children, as well as with our own parents, and the biblical principles we can apply. 

Teaching our Kids to Obey the Lord Friday, October 4, 2019

The Bible instructs parents to raise our children “in the training and instruction of the Lord” [Ephesians 6:4]. I’m so glad God has given us the responsibility to teach our children about Himself, and to cement in their minds the foundational truths of the Christian faith.

We have to learn to distinguish between foundational Christian truths, however, and secondary matters the Bible doesn’t say anything for or against. The apostle Paul cautioned, “Do not go beyond what is written” [1 Corinthians 4:6]. Yet sometimes we can be so anxious for our children to be holy and godly and pure that we impose man-made rules and then elevate those rules to a position equal with Scripture.

Such rules can exasperate our children when they become teenagers. They’ll begin to ask why you believe such-and-such, and point out: “That’s not in the Bible. That’s your own idea, which is rather old-fashioned, by the way.”

If we get uptight and respond harshly, we can embitter or provoke our children to anger, which God tells us not to do [Ephesians 6:4 and Colossians 3:21].
Instead, with love and grace, let’s teach our children what the New Testament actually says. Truths such as Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”      

This is Andrew Palau.

When we make Mistakes Thursday, October 3, 2019

Years ago I was getting ready for a trip and becoming more frustrated every minute. The boys still weren’t in bed, my suitcases weren’t packed, and it was getting late. It was my own fault, but the whole family had to suffer with me. When I finally went to my bedroom that night, I found a little note on my pillow. It read, “Dad is mad. I am sad. I’m not glad, ‘cuz Dad is mad.” And I added, “So Lord, change Dad.” It was signed by all my four boys. I’ll tell you, that humbled me. I went to each bed and hugged my boys and kissed them and asked for their forgiveness.

Parents, like their children, make sinful mistakes. No one is perfect, but when we do make mistakes we betray the trust between child and parent, and that must be repaired. The Bible says in Colossians, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

This week as you make mistakes as a child or a parent, be quick to ask forgiveness and clean up any mess in your life. As we humble ourselves we set an example of how mistakes are meant to be handled: with repentance, forgiveness, and a willingness to quickly make things right.

This is Luis Palau.

Remember the Positive Wednesday, October 2, 2019

A young woman was struggling to connect with her stepmother. She wrote to me and asked me for help. She was having a difficult time seeing anything good in her stepmother. The Bible clearly tells us, though, to look at the positive. In Philippians it says, “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.”

I counseled this young woman to write down all the good things she could think of about her stepmother. When we start to dwell on the positive in our family relationships we can avoid many of the enemy’s tactics to create distance in them. Whatever our parents or children do we need to love them by our positive behavior and not lose sight of the good in them, and their potential through God’s power.

This week let’s be the catalyst towards healthy happy parent-child relationships in our world. Let’s remember to dwell on the positive things in others and encourage those in our world who might be struggling in their family relationships. We all make mistakes. We don’t always get along with each other, but despite our failures and differences, we still need to think about the praiseworthy things in others.

This is Luis Palau.

From Parent to Peer Tuesday, October 1, 2019

As children grow into adults the relationship with their parents changes. Proverbs 22:6 in the Bible says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” When children are older they still can use the wisdom and advice of the parents but not in the same way as when they were young. They should have learned from the parents when they were younger how they should live.

So as they grow, how do we relate to one another when parents no longer need to protect and provide for the children and the children no longer just obey and submit to their parents? We focus on the friendship. We can learn from our children as they mature and gain wisdom. We begin to understand and appreciate our parents and serve them the way they served us as we grew up. We become respected peers.

Having healthy relationships between parents and children is important as we reach the world around us. They can serve as a testimony to God’s original design for families that our enemy has tried to pervert in many ways. Learning to become friends with our parents and with our children is key as we and they grow in age, experience, and wisdom.

This is Luis Palau

Honoring Parents Monday, September 30, 2019

I was flipping through the TV channels a while back, and I came across a popular mainstream TV show about a certain family. In the show, a camera caught a teenage daughter rolling her eyes at her mother. I thought to myself, "This is not a good message to be sending teens!" But unfortunately, these kinds of parent-child relationships are becoming more and more apparent. I have had people tell me, “My dad just doesn’t understand me. It drives me nuts!” or “My mom is so unfair. So I get upset,” but the Bible is pretty clear when it says, “Honor your father and mother."

Have you ever really considered how much we owe our parents? We owe them our very lives. Honoring them is a heart attitude. It’s a question of our will. Are we willing to be obedient as children? Are we willing to be selfless and considerate to our parents as adults?

Can I encourage you today to love and honor your parents—regardless of their humanness? Regardless of whether or not they know Jesus, and regardless of whether or not you see eye to eye? God calls us to love as He has loved. This means, loving and honoring our parents without terms. By doing these things, you can actually reach your parents with Christ’s lovingkindness.

This is Luis Palau.

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