Obedience

Obedience Character Study for mom and kids by mommyintheword

Character Trait studies for mom and kids!

Obedience Principle- God always wants everyone to be obedient to him and wants children to be obedient to their parents

What is obedience?-  following the rules, doing what I’m told (immediately), consent with contentment, heed to authority

What is an example of being obedient?- being asked to do something and immediately doing it with a good attitude

What is an example of NOT being obedient?- not doing what is asked of you, doing it but not right away, doing it but with a poor attitude

What are some other words  similar to obedience?- compliance, willingness, submission

Bible verses about being obedient to God

The lines in italics are the parts we focus on with our little ones.

John 14:31- But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.”

Psalm 119:60-I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.”

1 John 3:24-Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.”

Psalm 119:44-“I will keep your law continually, forever and ever,”

Psalm 112:1-“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments!”

Joshua 22:5-“Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Bible Verses specifically about obeying and honoring parents.

The lines in italics are the parts we focus on with our little ones.

Colossians 3:20-“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”

Exodus 20:12-Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”

Ephesians 6:1-Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

Proverbs 1:8-Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching,”

A quick lesson from the Bible to help identify obedience.

Genesis 6:13-14, 22; 7:1-5, 23; 8:15-19; 9:1

13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Take with you seven pairs of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and one pair of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven pairs of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”

And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.

23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.

15 Then God said to Noah, 16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”

18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.

Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.

How did Noah show obedience to God?

Was Noah’s obedience immediate without complaints?

Noah’s obedience was on going.  He was obedient to all of God’s instructions.  What do you think would have happened if Noah would have not obeyed all the instructions given to him?

Child’s Practice-

Play a Game-This game is great for practicing attentiveness as well as obedience.  Have your child stand attentively in front of you and give them a list of things to do (adjust the number of items on the list to fit your child’s age).  They must listen attentively, acknowledge that they heard you (we use ‘Yes Ma’am’), and then obediently do the things you listed and return back to you.  Obedience means doing what’s asked immediately without complaint so it’s good to mix in a couple of requests that your child may not like that much (take dirty clothes to the laundry room, brush their hair, etc.). But remember it’s a game so make it fun!  I might tell my daughter “Go touch the front door, drive that car on the floor to your bedroom, put your dirty clothes in the hamper, then skip back, and give me a high-five.”  For my son it might be “Touch the door, count to fifteen, jump back here, and give me a high-five.”

Ideas from Around the Web-Focus on the Family’s Kids of Integrity- Obedience Unit

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