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Nov24MonNovember 24, 2014
Dr. James Boyd
Last week we looked at 2 Cor. 1:3 and discovered that in order to be godly parents, one of our strengths must be a consistent and gentle sympathy that we show when our children hurt. This week, we look to 2 Cor. 6:3 and discover: a goal of parenting, the consequence of bad parenting, and the proper motive of good parenting.
3 We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed. 2 Corinthians 6:3 (HCSB)
Paul, the self-proclaimed spiritual father of the Corinthian church, says that the goal of parenting is to do it blamelessly. He describes it as "putting no obstacles in anyone's way." By this statement, Paul is recognizing the reality that, by their own lives, many parents unintentionally put rocks and snares along their children's paths. Children glean values, schedules, and passions from us. Are you willing to evaluate your life and admit that you might be part of the reason your child is resisting the way you live out your faith? Parents are not the only reason students rebel, but our goal ought to be to live so that we know we are not the reason.
Second, Paul identifies the consequence of careless parenting. If we are careless about our lives, we will be giving our children things over which to stumble. Stumbling usually refers to losing our footing, falling, and possibly injuring ourselves. As parents, we do not want to put obstacles in our children's paths. Life is difficult enough. Does the discontinuity of what you believe and how you live cause your children to be confused. . . forcing them to search for a faith that brings real change? We claim Jesus is Lord, but children rarely see us doing the stuff that Jesus would prioritize. We claim God is holy, but there is no apparent progress on the path to personal holiness.
The third truth is that parents should not strive to live a blameless life in front of their children merely to attain the appearance of being righteousness. Paul said that he gave no reason for criticism so that "the ministry would not be blamed." The reason we must live above reproach is so that we will not discredit Christ’s ministry. Parenting blamelessly is not about us, it is about reflecting Christ well and displaying evidence of His competence to save.