Fortunate People

June 30, 2012

Fortunate People

            A Christian home is the best thing parents can offer their children.  It’s better than all the luxuries money can buy.  It’s better than an education in one of the most prestigious universities.

Fortunate are the people who spent their childhood and youth in a home where there was love and stability.  Their parents demonstrated to them what a wonderful thing it is to have a happy marriage.  Therefore, on their wedding day, they looked forward to having an equally happy marriage.

If their parents didn’t lead them to faith in Christ, they were at least concerned enough to pray for their salvation until the day they had the assurance that they were safely within the fold.  After that, they did their best to teach them the great truths of the Bible and how to have an intimate relationship with God.  Every day they gathered their children together for a time of Bible reading and prayer.

It’s very possible that there were times in their childhood and youth when they felt unfortunate.  Sometimes they heard adults, maybe cousins say, “Your parents are too strict.”  When they were disciplined by their parents they may have been envious of other children who almost never received physical discipline.  However, when they were older they comprehended and appreciated the physical discipline they received from their parents.  Proverbs 22:15 says “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”  They too saw the wisdom of using the rod of correction with their children.

These fortunate people learned from their parents the advantages to be gained by a disciplined life.  They saw their mother faithfully and cheerfully complete her daily tasks in the kitchen, in the laundry room, and doing house cleaning.  Even before they were out of bed in the morning they heard their father start the car and leave for work every morning.  Their parents made church attendance a priority in their lives.  They were always ready to serve God in some way.  They also learned from their parents the need of having love and compassion for their neighbors and their brothers and sister in Christ in the church.

They have precious memories of the times their parents took them on picnics or a trip to the zoo or a play ground.  They looked forward to doing the same with their children.  They remember the times their father announced, “Tomorrow, after the evening meal, we are going to have a family meeting and make plans for our vacation.  The meeting always began with prayer.  Then their father suggested two or three places they could go.  After considering the options, they made their decision.

Being brought up in a good Christian home produces stability and integrity in life.  Very fortunate are those who were privileged to be brought up in such an environment.  We can also say, it rarely happens, but there are those who were brought up in a good Christian home, but threw it all aside when they became  adults.  Proverbs 30:11-12 says “There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.”

The blessing of the Lord is upon those who put into practice the teaching of their parents.  Proverbs 6:20-23 says “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.  When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.  For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”

Yes, fortunate are those who were brought up in a good Christian home.  Happy also are the parents whose children are living according t

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