by David Cawston

Four Important Values Established by Parents
David Cawston
Luke 2:40-52

God uses many means to prepare us for our need of Christ as a Savior.

One of these is parental grace, which is intended to be a gentle yet a most effective means of grace.

It was his intention that children be brought up in the training and instruction of the Lord and be awakened to love and to serve Him.

Look with me at the family, which Jesus experienced.

For the Son of God became man. None of the laws of human growth and development were suspended or violated. God could and did by pass the normal reproductive process in what we call the virgin birth. But from the moment of His conception, all the regular laws of human development were in operation.

Scripture paints a beautiful picture that the Virgin Mary was a woman of special godliness, holiness and obedience to God in Luke 1:26-55.

And Joseph, a man of righteousness and integrity, stability and obedience to God in Matthew 1:18-25.
19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (NIV)

God had beautifully prepared this couple to be the earthly parents of His son, to where-by Jesus could grow properly in the developmental years through unconditional acceptance, physical and emotional natures stability, love and discipline.

This parental grace is reflected when Jesus is 12 years old in Luke 2:51 and 52.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. (NIV)

It shows a respectfulness, a righteous, loving, caring, young man.

There are five areas of parent ...

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