Don’t hurt yourself to spite your parents!

This devotional is for our teens and singles. I am not sure you understand the word spite in the title so I thought that I would give you a definition. It just might be a word from the old days and we old people.

They used to say when I was a kid-don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. What in the world! I will give you the definition and then leave the rest to your imagination.

According to Websters the word spite means petty ill will or hatred with the disposition to irritate, annoy, or thwart. As synonyms we see malice — in spite of : in defiance or contempt of : without being prevented by

Now the verse that I want you to consider is:

Genesis 28:8 And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father;

Esau and Jacob are marrying age. Jacob receives instruction from his parents about who to marry and who not to marry.

Esau is angry with his parents and so he intentionally goes and marries someone that he knows will hurt and displease his parents. I guess he feels like he is vindicated and has taken vengeance on his parents that way.

But what a foolish move. He hurts himself in order to hurt his parents! That is he hurts himself to spite his parents. Some of you may be considering doing that! How foolish could you be.

Your parents have your best interest at heart. God puts them in your life to give you good counsel. You have others that would give you good counsel.

Don’t marry someone to hurt someone else. That is a consequence that you will live with for a long time. You may think that you are hurting your parents when in reality you are hurting yourself even more.

How many suffer for many years in a bad marriage or divorce because in their youthful immaturity they wanted to rebel. Think it through. Why hurt yourself more than even the people you think you are striking out at!

I love you guys and want God to work in your lives. Please realize that after salvation this is the biggest decision that you will ever make.

Get counsel!

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