‘Covering three more House Rules today:
OFT stands for Obey the First Time. Obedience is big in the Bible. In Hosea, God said he wanted obedience more than sacrifices. Joshua 1:9 says, “This word of the Lord shall not depart from your mouth, but you will meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do all that it says. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Obedience is something God wants from us. We need to obey him as soon as we know what he wants us to do. As for our kids, when we require them to obey us the first time we give them instructions, isn’t life better for all concerned? Furthermore, I think the more we help our kids learn to obey us first off, the more easily they learn to obey God without question.
Do to Others as You Want Them to Do to You
We’ve all been taught the Golden Rule, but do we think of it as a scriptural mandate? It comes straight from Luke 6:31. We know the drill; we just need to put it into practice.
- Be kind.
- Don’t yell at our kids, or anyone else, for that matter (since, obviously, we don’t want them to yell at us).
- Smile at grumpy people.
- Lend a helping hand.
- Show some grace when people goof.
- And so on…
Don’t Say Things to Others That Make Them Feel Bad.
James 3 says, “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” ‘Hard to add much to that. We need to control what we say, because we can never be sure who is listening, or what effect our words might have.
That’s enough to work on this week, don’t you think?