Parents and Disrespect

Moms and dads often struggle with not being respected. It is tempting to think that life would be better if you only had a little more respect. It is true that children are commanded to respect parental authority. But, it is also true, that demanding respect will not help your children to respect you. So, what should you do when you are disrespected? Consider these two principles:

Respect is not a personal entitlement.

Respect is to be won.

Respect is not a personal entitlement. The truth is that you did nothing commendable to earn the respect due to your position as a parent. This position was something that God gave to you, you did nothing to earn it. This is humbling. This means that when you are disrespected, you should not complain or be bitter because of personal offense. It is the office of parent that is being disrespected. When there is a lack of respect there is one question that should be your first consideration: is it possible the disrespect is because you have not been faithful to lead as God commanded? This is a question humility demands that you ask. Only after asking and answering this question are you ready to deal with disrespect that may be the fault of those under your authority.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]