Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace our head and a chain to adorn your neck. (Proverbs1:8-9)

Beloved, the first and most important classroom in the school of life is the home. Both father and mother are expected to assume responsibility for training and nurturing the minds of children. Though school and church might contribute significantly to the process of education, no outside agency can equal the influence of parents as an educative force.

Note that the words of the wisdom writer are addressed to the son rather than to the parents, as the learner has a responsibility for attending to parental instruction. Wisdom in Proverbs is intellectual, experiential, and religious. Parental guidance was the inspired writer’s model for the teacher student relationship. Parental teachings are basic to family living and to society’s larger educational program. Such teachings should lead to commitment to the Lore, the source of all wisdom.


Precious Abba, even today, the importance of parental teaching is very important and the influence exerted by father and mother is paramount in the development of children. Our children’s foundational beliefs are established in the first few years of their lives, and depending upon what we as parents are teaching them, they will either have success with their peers, and have problems in abundance. Abba, we depend upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to allow our children the best opportunities throughout their lives. It is in Jesus’ precious name that we pray. Amen


A Bible falling apart at the seams belongs to some who isn’t.


“’If anyone has caused grief, he has not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you, to some extent—-not to put it too severely. The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything. If you forgive anyone, I also forgive hi. And what I have forgiven—-if there was anything to forgive—-I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake. In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. (2nd Corinthians2:5-11)

Discipline should be backed with forgiveness. Church discipline may be appropriate when serious offense is involved, but Christians never are free to withhold forgiveness when a person evidences repentance. Undue punishment may cause overwhelming discouragement and grief unless Christian love is reaffirmed.

Redemptive love and real forgiveness are essential in maintaining a strong fellowship in a church, beloved. Such qualities should be in good supply in any church. Discipline and punishment should never be he dominating note in a church’s life. The church disciplines members in love to bring them to repentance. When a disciplined member repents, the church must accept and forgive.


Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians6:1-2)

Redemptive love reaches out to lift up the fallen and restore them to fellowship. This love involves discipline offered gently but firmly, exercising care not to fall into the same temptation. Vindication, glee, and a sense of demonstrate redemptive love by helping others bear their burdens. Such sharing is clear evidence of he love which which Jesus says fulfills all of the law. In faith, Christians accept Christ’s teachings as the law needed to guide life’s moral decisions. This law leads us in one basic direction—-helping people in need. The church’s unique mark before the world is our concern for and devotion to one another.

Second Thought of the Day:

Paul often speaks of the “mystery” of redemption. The “mystery” is that God is calling out the Gentiles and making them heirs with Israel, molding them into one body in Jesus Christ. In this way God is building the kingdom. This was seen as a mystery because neither the Jews nor Gentiles realized before Christ came all God had in store for he entirety of humanity. Now the mystery is revealed and all people can come to Christ. That is the result of God’s great redemptive work in Christ. We should urge all to receive Him as Lord and Savior. Clear?

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians3:6)

The church unites all believers from all races and locations in a common ministry in Christ and a common hope for Christ’s return. The inclusion of Gentiles in God’s purposes remained mysteriously unclear under the old covenant. It became crystal clear in Christ.

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