”Love your children”

”Love your children”


  Love children enough to be good examples to

them. The way we as parents act and react must be how we expect our children to

act and react. As parents we are their example of “how to”. Don’t think we can

expect children to only follow our words, not follow our behavior. Many parents

fall into the category of “do as I say and not as I do”. Is that a good method

of training children how to behave? (Matthew 23:3).

Love children

enough to teach them.   Don’t depend on

someone else to teach them. Teach them yourself about the Lord, His church,

moral purity, marriage, salvation, and heaven. Sure, a lot of teaching occurs

at church activities. It is very important to ensure your children are put in a

position to be part of these activities. That environment will promote good opportunities

for learning, but, that doesn’t fulfill your responsibility to teach them. .

Ephesians 6:4 commands that children be brought up in the nurture and

admonition of the Lord. That is on us as parents.

  Love children enough to discipline them.

Probably one of the hardest things parents must do is admit their child did

wrong and discipline them accordingly. Parents need to agree on the need and

method of discipline. The Bible is very clear about the need for and the

results of not using discipline. “He that spareth the rod hateth his son”

(Proverbs 13:24). He who loves will chasten (Revelation 3:19). Discipline brings

about the peaceable fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).

Love children enough to allow them to leave the

nest. We are given children to train them in the way they should go and when

ready, let them go. We need to make sure they have wings and then let them use

them. We as parents are supposed to do that. The Bible tells us that leaving

father and mother and cleaving to mates is natural progression, you did that

didn’t you? (Genesis 2, Matthew 19, Ephesians 5).  Not promoting or allowing children to form a

new family will cause many problems. Children must always honor parents but

more allegiance must be given to mates than to parents. Love your children !



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