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KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL PARENTING (6 of 6)
The Keys to Respect
Dr. Curt Dodd
The Book of Proverbs talks a lot about respect. It has
a great deal to do about how to really live in a
family. In fact the word, "Respect" is used 32 times
in 31 verses and there are other words that the Bible
uses to describe this concept of treating someone with
great honor. Such as the word, "Honor" is used about
174 times in the Bible; "To revere", 17 times; and
"Reverence", 15 times. However, what is happening in
our country and in many homes that would call
themselves Christian is a dying sense of respect. We
have run so fast in our culture that often we run
right over the very people we need to treat with
Socrates once wrote: "Could I climb the highest place
in Athens, I would lift my voice and proclaim: 'Fellow
citizens, why do you turn and scrape every stone to
gather wealth and take so little care of your children
to whom one day you must relinquish it all?" So let it
not surprise you that every generation has to revisit
this concept of re-capturing respect. If indeed God
will raise up men and women who are able to hand their
children the keys to respect, it will be because they
have done seven critical things in their lives, in
their families in order to prepare the minds, the
hearts, and the lives of their children to give them
respect as well as one day lead their families to
completely respect each other. Here's what we can do
in order to give our kids the keys to respect:
I. RAISE THE STANDARD OF EXPECTATION
Number one, raise the standard of expectation.
Ephesians 6:1 says: "Children, obey your parents in
the Lord, for this is right." Sometimes we totally
forget one of the Ten Commandments that says in Exodus
20 verse 12: "Honor your father and your mother...
"Sadly even adults forget that they are to hold their
children accountable to living up to that standard of
biblical ex ...
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