When parents commit to love Godwith all their heart, all their soul, all their might and all their strength,they leave their children a legacy that will last an eternity.
God tasked the parents to intentionally teach their children as a way of life. They are to teach them good habits, good manners, values, character, and most importantly, about God.
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk ofthem when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.”
Here is a list of Biblical principles we are to diligently teach our children:
They become what the most important person in their life think they are. If your children hear you call them “good-for-nothing”, most likely, that is what they will be. First John 3:1-2 says, “See how great love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.”
The Bible says your children are God’s master pieces whom He created for a good purpose. When they see a vision of what they can become, this will motivate them to excel in academics, sports, or in the arts.
Thankfulness is a command. Gratitude makes them emotionally healthy. Teach your children to be thankful for everything, including the unchangeables: their parents, siblings, their gender, order of birth, race, country, physical features and time in history.
Teach your children freedom of choice but also that their choices come with consequences. For example, if they don’t take care of their health, they become prone to sickness. We are free to choose but weare not free to escape the consequences of our decisions.
Remember that “bad company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
God should be the first priority in your child’s life, then family, then studies and responsibilities, and finally, friends.
Not having romantic relationships early on allows your children Five Freedoms: 1) freedom from distraction from their studies, 2) freedom from the unnecessary pain of a breakup, 3) freedom from isolation from other friends, 4) freedom to develop God’s special gift such as their talents, and 5) freedom from immorality andits consequences.
Children, the desire to obey is a grace given by God; it is a result of having a relationship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Ask Him into your life today. This is the best decision you will ever make in your life.