Proverbs 1:8-9

Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,

for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.

Proverbs 1:8-9 ESV

A couple questions:

  1. Children, do you view your parents’ teaching in a positive light? Do you view them as adornments?
  2. Parents, are your teachings worthy of being viewed as adornments?

What may be easily overlooked in these verses is the two-directional responsibility. Yes, children should listen to their parents. But, the parents are obligated to guide their children toward godliness, and not toward foolishness.

Colossians 3:20-21, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children lest they become discouraged.”

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