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Little Angels

Little Angels-God’s little ones

Take heed that you despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven-Matthew 8:10;  Jesus advised his disciples to be respectful to all believers. It could be young and old followers. To make it more straightforward, it is not about a person’s age or maturity in their faith. Any mistakes could lead to distraction. We have to treat believers with equal respect and be more observant of those who still lack knowledge of the word of God and need more guidance in every step, like a little child just learning to walk. We cannot let them go without our support, or they can fall easily.

Sin is waiting to happen for these little ones when left unattended. One lesson we have to learn is to refrain from arguing about Scripture in front of the little ones that may lead them to be confused or discouraged from being part of the body of Christ. Parents who love their kids will discipline them, as God does with us (Hebrews 12:7). Discipline them with love and not threaten them with physical harm that will only provoke them to be angry and disrespectful, but instead gently bring them up to know the LORD and His mighty Son Jesus until they can be on their own to accept the baptism or indwelling of the Holy Spirit that will eventually lead them towards the fulfillment of what God wants them to become.

Disrespectful actions of children, no matter their age, are about controlling acts by their parents implementing the rules of the house, which is a form of training to be a suitable person as the saying says: “education starts at home” sometimes parents are over-protective to their children. Some laws restrict parents’ rights to discipline their children, which robs parents of their authority to teach and develop their children’s moral character, proper manners, and conduct. Laws are made for abusive parents who push their children to be rebellious.

God warns children to honor their parents with loving hearts of obedience (Exodus 20:12, Ephesians 6:2). Being rude, bad-mouthing, and vindictive to their parent’s loss of their right to be called children and their path to a broader road that leads to destruction is more promising. No parents will wish their children to choose a broader road to destruction, but that was written that only God could change the circumstances of disrespectful children.

King David’s son, Absalom, rebelled against him and God, which caused his tragic death, as recorded in 2 Samuel 15-18.

What can you say about your children? Do they know their rights and limitations, responsibilities and obligations, and when to avoid crossing boundaries outlined in the house rules? Time to settle disagreements and disrespect to the older family members will not be tolerated, including the parents, of course. Living under one roof means 24/7 interaction. It could be fun and joyful to the highest level, but as always, some disagreements and misunderstandings will occur but can be avoided. With the help of other family members, a quick resolution can be attained. Nevertheless, they are still a family that sticks together with love, which means conquering all misunderstandings and giving way to humility while setting aside pride.

The story of a prodigal son by Jesus Christ is about a rebellious son who wants all the inheritance he claimed belongs to him. He left the household and lived lavishly, and in the end, after spending all the money, he returned to his Father and asked for forgiveness, and was forgiven with open arms. The son broke his relationship with his Father, yet the Father was happy for him to come back home and welcomed him with a hug and the feast of reconciliation. In the same way, God patiently waits for humans to change their hearts, walk away from sin and pride, and humbly accept what they have done wrong and ask for forgiveness, and God, with a merciful and graceful heart, welcomes them back. It shows that no matter how young or old we are, we sin continually, and sin becomes us. We, humans, run short of the glory of God and still lack the knowledge and wisdom of Him who loves us; that being said, we are His little ones when we fall; he lifts us up and sometimes chastises us when we have more than enough distractions.

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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