“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren: The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.” I Timothy 5:1-2
Today there is a painful disregard for authority, as well as disrespect for the elderly. As a result, you see a lot of misunderstanding, fear, and rejection on both sides— young and old.
The Bible teaches respect for the wisdom that comes with years. Leviticus 19:32a (NIV) commands: “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.” King Solomon added his thoughts in Proverbs 16:31 (NIV):“Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life.”
More than ever, we live in a time when parents and grandparents must be bold in offering counsel and correction to the younger. Do not withdraw from your children or grandchildren because of their seeming “lack of interest.” You have the God-given ability and responsibility to give godly direction to the younger generation!
The devil tries hard to keep generations apart. If he can succeed in breaking up homes, he can succeed in seducing whole nations. Pray for James Dobson’s ministry (Focus on the Family) and others like it who are BRIDGING THE GAP.
“Father, You were the Originator of the family structure. I pray You will intervene quickly to save homes. Show me where I can help. Bless my family today. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”