Bible Story: Ephesians 6:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:16
Bottom Line: You respect God when you respect your parents.
Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a, NIV
Life App: Respect—showing others they are important by what you say and do.
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Respect isn’t always easy. Even when we know we are supposed to respect everyone, situations come when it makes it difficult to make that choice. Especially when it comes to kids and parents.
School is coming, which means your children will be spending less time with you, and more time with other kids. It also means you have less time to parent and correct behavior and help disciple them as they grow in their spiritual formation.
My advice is this… slow it down. Take time to respond, don’t be reactionary. Moments will come, situations will pop up, things will happen that will test you kids respect towards you. Don’t be discouraged, don’t be enraged… breathe.
These are frustrating moments, but they can be teaching and discipling moments too. Use them to point out behavior problems, Biblically, not just opinion. Remind them of the bottom lines for respect that they learned this month in August.
- Show respect to God because He’s in charge of everything.
- You respect God when we respect the people He made.
- You respect God when you respect your parents.
- You respect God when you respect the leader’s He’s put in charge.
Respect is something that is learned, it can’t be forced or natural. Don’t just demand it of your child, embody it. You can’t expect your children to model behavior that you do not. Show respect to others if you expect you child to.
Click on the link below for our Week 3 home worksheet!