Most children would like to give joy to their parents. Not only small children, but adult children also wish to give enjoyment to their mother and father.
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth. (3 Joh 1:4 CEB)
The father of a righteous child will celebrate greatly. One who fathers a wise son will find joy in him. (Pro 23:24 EHV)
The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother. (Pro 10:1 NKJV)
A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth. (Pro 29:3 NIV)
These various Scriptures all refer to the subject of giving joy or gladness to our parents. These are the ways, according to the Word, that we can give true gladness to our mom and dad:
- To live according to the truth (of the Word of God);
- To live a righteous life with wisdom;
- To gain wisdom (the best source of wisdom is the Bible); and
- To love wisdom and embrace it in all of your ways.
Not only will these acts bring joy to your parents, but God will bless you as you obey His Word. Glory to God!
The Bible says that all those who obey God’s will (which is His Word) live forever and are members of His family.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 Joh 2:17)
For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother. (Mk 3:35)
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Mt 7:21)
Clearly this an important subject to the Lord, and it should be important to us, as well. The Lord says that obedience is better than sacrifice. (1 Sam 15:22) Jesus obeyed His Father by coming to earth to become the Savior of the world. And we are all the beneficiaries of Jesus’ obedience.
Let’s look at the Bible again:
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Pro 21:3 ESV)
Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him . . . (1 Joh 2:4 ESV)
There is no way to follow Jesus without obedience to the Word of God. This is an ongoing choice that we make daily—even moment by moment—as we continue to live by faith. Blessings upon you.