Monday, March 5, 2012

Daily Devotional- Parenting

Day 18

1 Corinthians 7:33-35 

33 But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife.34 His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband.35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. 


 Let's focus on the thought behind this passage, rather than its more difficult teaching about the advisability of marriage. Paul understood the tension a man or woman would face when they were married and had a family. The nature of the responsibility is such that a parent's attention is divided between the temporal family and God. That is a tension we all live with.

On the other hand, it is very clear that our first loyalty is to God, trusting Him to help us deal with all our other responsibilities. The key is to keep our focus on walking in God's will, and to model that devotion for the entire family.

We cannot shun our responsibilities as parents, but we can place our family in the correct position, behind God, in the hierarchy of our love and attention.

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