Cutting Through Steel; Cutting Through Apron Strings
Elevating Family Values to Dangerous Heights
We are prone to put family first; we are supposed to put God First.
We Think Jesus Came Only to Bring Peace...
...But He says he came to bring a sword. What can this mean? Simply this: the existence of evil—even in families—necessitates conflict. Event the best family is broken beyond our ability to repair. The politics of the family must take a back seat to the calling of the kingdom. We must be careful not to romanticize the memory of our family members.
Live According to God
Not according to mother, father — or even our children. We must learn to avoid the trap of asking "what would mom or dad do?" Instead, our first question should be, "what would Jesus have me do?"
How to do this? Some ideas:
Seek God's Acceptance more than family acceptance
Seek God's Approval above family approval
Seek God's Affection before family's affection.
What About “Honor Your Father and Mother”?
If we put God first, family relationships will be important— we will honor our parents, and try not exasperate our children, because God instructs us to in the scriptures. But the command to honor our family members is never a command to worship them. Family is a blessing, but it must never elevated to the throne in our lives.
Are You Bound (and Gagged) by Apron Strings?
We all are, more than we know. Let us turn them over to Jesus to do with them what He will.
We Will Sing Together Soon
Mothers, fathers, children, ancestors from the distant past— not a song extolling our earthly, faulty fathers, but in everlasting praise of our Eternal, Heavenly Father.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Christ Brings Division
34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.