The principle of two-way communication is simple. One person sends out a message to another person, that person for whom the message was intended, receives the message and they, in turn, respond with the appropriate actions indicating the original message was received.
In the business world, this kind of communication is vital. If messages are sent but not received or followed up by action, in due time the company will cease to grow, ultimately resulting in the closing of its doors.
In a similar way, the parent to child relationship is a form of two-way communication. The parent has been given the responsibility before God to raise their children up in the ways of the Lord (Pro. 22:6).
In like manner, the child also has a responsibility before the Lord. Children are called by God to obey their parents in the Lord (Eph. 6:1; Col.3:20). This obedience is practically lived out by a child in the way he or she obediently receive what their parents teach them, in the Lord.
With that said, both parent and child have been given a guiding principle handed to them by a loving God- The word of God. In the Bible, both parent and child can be assured that God has clearly, finally, and authoritatively given his people everything they need to honor God, as well as honor those who have authority over each of their lives.
In the book of Proverbs, Soloman continually reminds his readers of the importance of this two-way communication that is essential in any relationship. Throughout the book of Proverbs, Solomon imparts wisdom to his son for the purpose of equipping him to stand strong against all the traps in this fallen world. If the son takes heed to his father, then he will be blessed, but if he fails to listen to his father, it could cost him his very life.
This is what I like to call the “if, then” relationship. If the son does what the Father is calling him to do, according to the word of God, then the son will be blessed. However, if the son does not take heed to his father’s instruction, according to the word of God, then the son will face all the hardships of life unequipped for the snares of the evil one.
In the end, we are reminded afresh of the importance of this two-way communication. Parents must be faithful before the Lord to diligently teach their children the whole counsel of God. No rock of doctrine or theology must remain unturned in our homes. As stewards before the Lord, we have been commisioned to be faithful with what we have been given.
Likewise, Children, by faith are called to receive what has been handed down to them by their parents and in turn, pass that down to the next generation that follows. This pattern of discipleship is to continue until the return of Christ.
Lord help your people to do your will. Amen.