Monday, March 17, 2014

Mothers & Fathers of the church - yesterday and today - same wisdom

Our church is getting ready for a “Corporate Fast” and part of the fast is to Stop Complaining”.  This post is meant to be a guide and not a hindrance to young people
Face Book is one place that people usually give advice, share files, spread love & they also complain.  It is the obligation of the Mothers & Fathers of the church (mature Christian women & men) to give sound counsel to those who are younger.  Elders are to aid young people, who haven’t been through or experienced certain situations, with helpful knowledge.  It is so important that those mature persons advise with Godly wisdom.

In a course that I teach entitled, “The Confident Woman”, I try to give young women help in appearances, seeking employment, communication, interactions, seeking companionship and general “how to’s”.  Most of the time those young ladies, who desire to get ahead in life, tend to be more receptive to someone else’s encouragement.  They discover that they can’t learn everything from their peers.

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed how more and more young people don’t want to do better, nor do they appreciate any information from anyone other than themselves.  Face Book & Twitter are a few prime examples where young people are exploiting themselves over the internet.  Posting explicit pictures, using profanity, and exposing themselves to the unfavorable views of prospective employers are not ways to communicate.  Also it’s not the way to find a suitable mate.  Instead of taking Godly wisdom, young folks disrespect their elders and wonder why you don’t offer any further acknowledgements.

The Word of God states: Titus 2 New International Version (NIV)
“1 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, 10 and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”
By counseling others, we are only doing what God has commanded us to do, with the wisdom and guidance of Holy Spirit.  We can’t make people take heed, but we are obliged to try.  OBTW – please don’t call me “Mother”.  I only have two children.  Yours in Christ, Ms. “V”     #NotComplaining

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