Children Should Obey Their Parents Almost All The Time

Most kids only want to obey their parents when the have “good” parents who make “good” rules. But this is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches that you should obey all of your parent’s rules:

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord (Colossians 3:20).

Now there are probably a few extreme exceptions. I don’t think the Apostle Paul wants children to obey their parents if they ask them to sin, such as commit a sex act. But in normal circumstances kids should obey their parents if possible and not be constantly looking for excuses to be disobedient. 

If you are a child you might ask “why should I do this? Why should I obey my parents when they are selfish, obnoxious, and dumb?” The answer is love. True love requires you to love others even when they do not deserve it. You need to show your parents you care about them, even when they do not care about you. You need to love them the way that Jesus loved you, dying on the cross for you while you were still a sinner. Society at large tells us to only love “good” people; the “bad” people don’t deserve our love. But love that gives up easily is quickly defeated by anger and bitterness. If you have bad parents you need resist the urge to hate them. Rather obey them, even when they make unfair rules. Your relationship with your parents is important; it is worth missing a party for, or not being able to wear the kinds of clothes you want. It is important that you learn at a young age to get along with others and serve others rather than making yourself out to be more important than anyone else. This attitude starts at the home, and is fostered by an obedient heart towards your parents. This will improve your relationship with others, and it will make God glad. He His children to be humble, meek, and gentle, not rebellious or harsh. Our God is a God of peace.

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