As a rule, nothing provokes parents to anger quicker than disrespect. There is something about an insolent son or daughter that upsets a parent and incites him to action—often the wrong kind of action. Disrespect is first and foremost an attitude of the heart. It is rooted in the sins of pride and selfishness. It is a root out of which flows all manner of other sins i. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit , but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.
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Last time we explored the selfishness and pride that often generates all manner of disrespectful attitudes. But there are other reasons teens find to justify disrespecting their parents. Here is a worksheet to go over with your children to help them identify other sinful thoughts and motives behind their impertinence. To manipulate them to evoke a sinful response from them so that they will feel guilty and give me what I want. Do you have any idea what some of those desires might be? As with everything you do, your ultimate motive should be to glorify God.
Have you ever considered any of these God-honoring motives for your mother and me? To prepare for marriage—husbands and wives are both commanded to show respect to their spouses cf. At some point, although it might be wise to save this for a subsequent conversation, you will want to engage them in a dialogue along these lines. Can you tell me how exactly you believe you have been disrespectful to us?
What have been your favorite means of showing your disesteem of Mom and me? He must also and just as importantly learn to use forms of communication that are honoring to his parents and to the Lord. In the next post, I will help you cover that concept in greater detail. Why am I disrespectful? Here is essentially how I suggest you proceed from this point.
Why should I honor my parents? The promise of a better quality of life cf. Ephesians The promise of a lengthier life cf. Ephesians ; Colossians To obtain more rewards in heaven cf. Do you really want to do this? I think so too. How long will it take? Counseling: Store:
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