“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Cor. 13:11 NIV

Do you remember the tantrum years? That is the time children think they can manipulate others by acting badly.

They may threaten, “if you don’t do what I want, I’m going to bite you.” Or maybe you know of a child who lays on the floor and kicks and screams if they don’t get their way.

Threats of physical harm to themselves or others lead some parents or grandparents to give a child what they want.

Once a child knows how they can control the adults in their lives, life becomes miserable both for the child and for their caregiver.

The caregiver is confronted with endless demands that become more and more costly. The child is never satisfied because there are no boundaries in their lives. They learn to bully others.

Maybe you have heard of protest marches by citizens and celebrities unwilling to accept the results of America’s latest presidential election. They go beyond our freedom of speech, threatening to leave the country or harm the president, because they didn’t get their way. One wonders what kind of parenting they had? Parents who care about their children make it clear what is right and wrong in their households. The result is their children feel safe and secure. Often these children grow up with manners and good behavior. As adults, they are sensitive to the needs and well-being of others.

God set the Ten Commandments as the rules for his children. They are the core for happy and healthy living. Take time to study them with someone who knows God’s Word, the Bible!

You will marvel at the simplicity as well as the far-reaching applications of each rule. You will also see that each of us still has need to grow.

Our failures, sins, plague us and our culture.

God has expectations of his children like every good parent.

In spite of our errors, he is not harsh or hurtful. He loves us and provided a Savior, Jesus, as the way to remedy our sins and mistakes.

We all need to grow. This is a perfect time to be guided by God. See you in church!

Pastor Paul Ibisch, with 28 years of parish ministry, continues to teach the Bible, guest preach, publish devotionals, and encourage the work of local congregations. Telephone: 608-799-0990.

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