Colossians 3:20 is a verse that many parents love to quote. “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”
This verse in a series of verses on family relationships. This particular admonition needs to be understood in context. The whole series indicates a special set of characteristics that represent a loving caring family.
Paul is writing to brothers and sisters in Christ. When Christian men and women have children, it is not a problem to follow these guidelines that Paul has written because it is all fostered by true love. This parent/child relationship is critical to a Christ centered family. Mothers and fathers who strive to live for Jesus are going to be great examples, and easy to follow. Fathers and mothers have special admonitions to be loving and caring.
I think it’s interesting (as a sidebar) to remember that we are all children, children of God. So, one might say that we should all obey God in everything, because this is pleasing. How many of us (adults) can say that we obey God in everything?
God is a very loving and patient Father. Now, let’s try to apply that in a practical way. It’s no secret that as boys and girls become teenagers, they go through great changes: physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. All parents should realize that even their very obedient son or daughter will go through a tough time as they approach and go through adolescence. Even Christian parents and Christian children go through this. Prayer and a special dose of patience is needed during this time. Don’t expect your children to be perfect (were you?). Just be willing to listen and love and pray, and God will win the victory.