Throughout the Bible, God commands His people to obey Him. But submission doesn’t come naturally to us because we’re all born with a rebellious spirit. We must be taught to obey the Lord, and we begin to understand how to yield through interactions with people in authority over us. The most common place for learning obedience is the home. Ephesians 6:1-2 explains that children are to honor and obey their mother and father. God planned that our earliest experiences of authority would involve submitting to parents who love and care for us. Through their admonitions and discipline, we learn what it takes to master our rebellious spirit.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, April 4, 2022.