Tuesday, January 22, 2008

HYPOCRISY: Parenting, the greatest example!

"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
The “greatest commandment” means, quite simply, we must put the love of God first; not in word only, but, as James says, as “an effectual doer”!

A few years ago, in a study of apostasy among adult children of the faithful, the primary cause given for leaving the faith of their parents was hypocrisy among family and church members. [“Parents teach by example in matters of faith,” New York (AP); reported in Lake County Record-Bee, Friday, May 14, 1993, p. A8, in “Religious News.”]

The predominant perception of these adult children was that the lives of those who should have most reflected the teachings of Jesus, did not!

If our lives reflect a biblical faith and a child-like trust in God, our children will want what we have; they learn from us that life is only meaningful and only complete if Christ is the head of our homes.

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