Monday, May 28, 2007

HOUSE RULES

These are the rules we use for our kids in our house. What are your rules for your house?

Rule 1. Honor God

Ex 20:3
"You shall have no other gods before [a] me.

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 20:3 Or besides
Lev 19:28
Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.

1Cor 6:19-20
19.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20. you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.



Rule 2. You shall not treat anyone outside of your home better than you do the people in your home.

Matt. 5:43-48
Love for Enemies
43. "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.' 44. But I tell you: Love your enemies[b] and pray for those who persecute you, 45. that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47. And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:43 Lev. 19:18
  2. Matthew 5:44 Some late manuscripts enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you


Matt. 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matt. 22:39
And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 22:39 Lev. 19:18

Luke 6:31
Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Rule 3. Think of the others in your home as better than yourself, practice expressing love and compassion for their needs.

Phil. 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

Gal 6:2-3
2.
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

Rule 4. Your home is yours make a mess clean a mess, show respect for everyone.

Ex 20:12
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

1Pet 2:17
Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Rom 13:7
Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Eph 5:21
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Rule 5. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, treat others as you would have them treat you, behave towards others as you would have them behave towards you.

Matt. 5:43-48
Love for Enemies
43. "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.' 44. But I tell you: Love your enemies[b] and pray for those who persecute you, 45. that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47. And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:43 Lev. 19:18
  2. Matthew 5:44 Some late manuscripts enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you
Matt. 6:14-15
14
. For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matt. 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Mark 11:25
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."[a]

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 11:25 Some manuscripts sins. 26 But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your sins.
Luke 6:31
Do to others as you would have them do to you.

May...


The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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5 comments:

Zhu said...

How old are your kids ? Shouldn't they have the right to choose their beliefs ?

M.A.C. said...

I guess we all have a choice in certain matters. However, can we choose our parents or our siblings?

No we cannot choose our family but we can choose to believe in God or not. In this case I believe in God so the rules of my home include the God of the Holy Bible.

It was a personal choice for me, and I extend it lovingly to my children, whom embrace it fully, not coercively.

This world has written rules everywhere that we must follow and so does our home. The only difference is we write them not someone else.

So what are your written rules?

Zhu said...

I didn't mean to pick a fight with a fellow Canadian, trust me ;)

It's just that I'm 100% atheist and always have a hard time to understand religion, although I do respect it.

Nothing in these rules you set is weird, most of them are common-sense. At least I guess I would go by these kind of rules if I had kids, but I'm 24 so, not yet for me :D

What bother me is influencing kids. Religion, politics or whatever the parents believe in are not always going to be the kids beliefs.

M.A.C. said...

No problem fellow Canadian of mine I did not consider it a fight but a good conversation. Good conversation always includes others view points. Its like brain-storming all ideas are good to mention, but one usually will win over all others.

I suggest you look at my post "An Atheist & Christian Conversation" and see if that helps you understand better.

Anonymous said...

To Zhu,
You may call them "beliefs". I call them "truths". I will teach my kids "truths". You said, "What bothers me is influencing kids". Well, someone is going to influence them one way or another. The best influence for them is their parents, not the cursing, drug smoking, premarital sex high school kids they see from 8:00 - 3:00 pm. Also, as an atheist who has a "hard time understanding religion" I implore you to pick up "A Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel or "More Than a Carpenter" by Josh McDowell. Both are easy reads and will share with you a truth that leaves little doubt. Good luck in your search.