Posted by: missionventureministries | July 13, 2015

HOW TO INSTILL PROPER VALUES IN YOUR CHILDREN – Proverbs 22:6

Proverbs 22 vs 6

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Parents must instill within their children the importance of being God’s servants. Nearly all parents plan for the secular future of their children but how much emphasis is placed on preparation for their futures in the kingdom of God? While many encourage their children to be doctors, lawyers, etc., how many encourage them to plan on being God’s servants, by serving as pastors, missionaries, teachers, deacons or elders.  

Do your children see in you a high regard for service to God and the work of the church, or do they see parents who are apathetic and uninvolved in the good works one is to be doing in Christ. The Bible tells us: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10) and that Jesus “gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:14) 

So let us take a look at some of the ways we should instill proper values in children: 

  • Begin regular spiritual training in their first year of life and continue consistently through all their developing years. (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Give them their own Bible even before they can read. Have them begin a lifetime habit of regular memorization and review of important Bible verses.
  • Let their earliest memories include daily readings of Bible stories and frequent discussions of the word of God.
  • Demonstrate to them that God is first in all your priorities and that you first pray before making any important decisions.
  • Have regular “devotional” times as a family and speak often to your children of the joys of serving God.
  • Teach them to pray.
  • Help keep their minds pure by controlling their reading, what they are seeing or watching on television and on their computers, and watching who their friends are, remembering that the Bible says: Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
  • Keep their speech pure by not allowing yourself or them to ever use profanity.
  • Teach them that lying is one of the worst things they could ever do. (Revelation 21:8)
  • Teach them the virtue of work by giving them daily responsibilities around the home.
  • Train them to never get too busy with secular pursuits to not have time to help others.
  • Train them early in principles of dressing modestly. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  • Be responsible to bring up the subject of sex and morality with your children. Because, they will either learn about it from you or from the world.
  • Reinforce your moral teaching by setting specific guidelines for dating.
  • Instill in your children a strong desire to keep themselves pure for the one who will someday be their spouse.
  • Train your children to date only those who are morally upright and urge them to plan on marrying a Christian. Let them know what the Bible says: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)
  • Spend the necessary time to be the main spiritual teacher of your children; more so than the preacher or the Sunday School teacher, etc. Remember, you have the primary responsibility of teaching your children the ways of the Lord.

If we want our children to grow into faithful, active Christians, we must begin with our examples, reinforcing them with our teaching and encouragement and then continue, prayerfully, to bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. 

As children see their parents and grandparents living a life characterized by loving obedience to Christ, the child will be more likely to do the same. This legacy can continue for generations and can impact others beyond the family. (2 Timothy 3:15)

Dear heavenly Father, guide us to be an example of how to instill correct values in our children and grandchildren. Amen.

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