Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Responsibilities of Grandparents
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. What does the Scripture say about grandfathers and grandmothers? Let us look.
Grace to you.
Paul, writing to Titus, tells him, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" (Titus 2:11-12). The grace of God teaches us that we should deny ungodliness and worldly selfish desires and should live soberly (not overcome by anything), doing right and living godly.
Prior to that, he urges Titus to teach so "[t]hat the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience" (Titus 2:2). In other words, the result of sound doctrine is that the grandfathers be sober, grave, having control of self, sound or whole in faith, in love, in patience. After many years of walking with the Lord, we shouldn't get excited or deceived by too many things.
The grandmothers he addresses, instructing them to teach:
in behavior as becometh holiness,
not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
The aged women likewise, that
discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their husbands, that
the word of God be not blasphemed.
- Titus 2:3-5
The grandmothers are to behave as becomes holiness (set apart to and for God), showing control of self in word and in deed. They have the special task of teaching their granddaughters how to love their husbands, how to love their children - who better to show young women how to show husbands love and to show their children love than one who has walked before them?
One of the blessings the Hebrews cherished is found in Psalms 128:6: "Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children,
peace upon Israel."
Children and grandchildren are a blessing from the Lord. There are responsibilities (as well as pleasures) that go with being a grandparent.