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Teaching Our Children Gods Principles
8/7/2015

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 in God’s Word, “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 three 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 should 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 perfect will is in fact “sin.”  As they receive this principle they will now begin to think about whether something is God’s perfect will.  This principle will have thousands of applications throughout their lives, in lieu of our telling them each and every time, “Don’t do this or 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 us to live on their own — they will 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 think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to live in the ways of the Lord, and to raise your children in His ways as well.  Always be available for your children to come and ask your opinion, and be eager to seek God’s will and wisdom before you 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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to live and lead your children in the ways of the Lord.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for your blessed gift of children.  Father, show me how to be the parent You have called me to be, and help me to live in your ways before my children so they may see a good example.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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