Bible power for behavioral modification

power of God's words
power of God’s words to renew mind and transform heart

A parent called and lamented that her kid was rude to her in public and regretted that she did not discipline her when young. Now the kid is a young teen and perhaps too late to discipline. This is not new. We have seen many similar cases. It appears to be a social norm for kids to be rude to parents. I do not want to go into the arguments of social and psychological philosophies. Instead I share the following verses which have the supernatural power of God and can truly transform even the hardest human hearts. We are transformed by the renewal of our minds. God’s words have the power that renew minds. I have personally experienced the power of the words of God. I pray you and your children too. Note that ungodliness comes hand in hand with disobedience to parents. Power of God is needed to be godly. The power of God comes to us through His words. There is no short cut, parents.

2 Timothy 3 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Dangers of the Last Days
CHILDREN HAVE DISOBEYED PARENTS EVER SINCE 2000 YEARS AGO WHEN APOSTLE PAUL WROTE THE FOLLOWING LETTER: SEE ALL THE FAMILIAR TRAITS THEY HAD THAT STLL MANIFEST IN TODAY’S GENERATION
3 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

WORSE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO ARE DEPRAVED AND EVIL
6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of[a] vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith. 9 But they won’t get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as with Jannes and Jambres.

WHAT SHALL PARENTS DO? THE SAME THING THAT PAUL CHARGED TIMOTHY DO
Paul’s Charge to Timothy
10 But you, Timothy, certainly know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance. 11 You know how much persecution and suffering I have endured. You know all about how I was persecuted in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra—but the Lord rescued me from all of it. 12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.

NOTE: THE POWER OF THE WORDS OF GOD
14 But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. 15 You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Footnotes:
3:6 Greek and take captive.

MY NOTES: The Bible teaches us to honor God before God honors us. Parents should start loving and obeying the words of God before they can convince their children to honor them. There is no power in mere words and lip service. Empty word about faith without action is dead. God sees the hearts. Children are not deceived by hypocrisy. Let us be men and women of integrity, which is a rare but essential word today. I repeat, Power of God is needed to be godly. The power of God comes to us through His words. There is no short cut, parents.

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