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In the Word

Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God (Deuteronomy 12:28).

Of the Word

Jesus summarized God’s commandments when He said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30–31). God the Father knew that these commands would be impossible for us to keep, so He sent His Son Jesus to live perfectly and then to die, not for His own sins but for the sins of all people. His obedience to the Law not only fulfills the Law, but also gives us the freedom to love our Lord and love our neighbor.

In the family, parents are given authority to love and discipline their children. That authority carries with it a great responsibility for parents to discipline with love. Discipline done with love and respect can encourage obedience.

Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Share with your child some of the rules you had when you were a child. Discuss if those rules still apply today. Share how obedience to God brings joy to you.

Walking with my Lord

Obedient Redeemer, give me joy when I do what You want which is also good for those around me. Let all things be done to Your glory. In Your name. Amen.

Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 21/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org

Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. All rights reserved worldwide.

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