But it can always be different behind closed doors.
Reference: Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 NIV)
Explore: Well before I had children of my own to care for, I recall talking to a friend of mine who was the mother to two adorable little girls.
These girls were cute, helpful and generally fairly obedient in public. But it can always be different behind closed doors.
My friend confessed to me that there were times when her girls would be playing up and she would give them a smack to teach them it was wrong. But she said that, at times, her anger got the best of her and she smacked them out of her own frustration, more than out of an act of discipline.
Back then, I could understand how this could happen. Now, as a parent myself, I have an even deeper understanding!
There are times when our children have exacerbated us so much that it’s hard to be the calm, reassuring one in the house!
Application: This passage in Ephesians talks about how we are to deal with those we live closely to. To be honest, I’m surprised there isn’t more instruction like this in the Bible.
If you really want an honest reflection of a person, ask their family. To be people of integrity and love we need to act out our Godly characteristics at all times, not just when we’re in public.
It’s not always easy, and sometimes our family cop our built up frustrations from the day. But it’s our family who have done the most for us and need our ongoing love and support.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we take off our politeness and appreciation when we get home. Help us to support those closest to us and show respect to those who love us. Amen.
What can you do to show those in your household your love and appreciation?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.