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Teaching Principles


Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

We are told, children are a heritage from the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is a reward (Ps. 127:3).  Speaking as a father of two beautiful girls and a grandfather of two boys and two girls, I can fully appreciate the truth of this Scripture.  But with the gift of children comes a tremendous responsibility to raise them properly. 

Q:         So what is the proper way to raise a child?

We are told in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.  “In the way he should go” is literally, “according to his (the child’s) way.

It is a natural thing for us to want to train every one of our children the same way—and in the case of raising them in the ways of the Lord, we do.  But, each child is different, and we should discern the individuality and special strengths God has given to each one.  This doesn’t mean we condone the deliberate stubborn actions of our children, but that we recognize the child’s natural inclinations and seek God’s wisdom, as well as the wisdom of others who have experienced raising children in the ways of the Lord.

Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul. Proverbs 29:17 (NKJV)

I believe we need to teach biblical principles to our children—principles enabling and leading them to make wise decisions and great choices.  For example, we can teach a child how God hates sin, and that as His children we are to do the same (Rom. 12:9).   We can then teach them how anything that is not God’s will is in fact “sin.” As they receive this principle they will now begin to think about whether something is God’s will.  This principle will have thousands of applications throughout their lives, in lieu of our telling them each and every time, “Don’t do that…”

This is training our child in the way he should go…it is our training them in Godly principles based upon God’s truth as revealed to us in His Word.   Our children will eventually grow up and leave to live on their own—to start their own families and cleave to their own spouse—but we will never stop being their parents.  As our children see us living in the ways of the Lord, we can be sure they will glean much to imitate. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to live in the ways of the Lord, and to raise our children in His ways as well.  Let’s always be available for our children to come and ask our opinion, and let us be eager to first seek God’s will and wisdom before we speak.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn about raising our children?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see the importance of being a living example before all children?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to live and lead our children in the ways of the Lord.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for your blessed gift of children.  Father, show us how to be the parents You have called us to be, and help us to live in your ways before all children so they may see a good example.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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