Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
"Those who [marry] will have tribulation in their flesh" (1 Corinthians 7:28)
The "tribulation" may involve health problems for the couple, their children, or their aging parents. It may also involve difficulties and heartaches connected with the rearing of their children. The Bible foretold that "the last days" would bring "critical times hard to deal with." Among the things hard to deal with would be children who are "disobedient to parents." (2 Timothy 3:1-3) Rearing children is a serious challenge for Christian parents. We are not shielded from the adverse effects of the current "critical times." Hence, Christian parents have to wage an ongoing fight against the pernicious influence that "the system of things of this world" can have on their children. (Ephesians 2:2, 3) And the battle is not always won! In case a son or a daughter of a Christian family stops serving Jehovah, it is, indeed, "tribulation" for parents who have tried to raise him or her in God's truth.—Proverbs 17:25.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 4:14, 15)