Training Children

Bill Brinkworth

The most important responsibility a parent will ever have is not paying bills, getting a new house, or moving up the corporate ladder in a job. It is rearing properly the children God has allowed them to have. If you are a Christian, your children are your main ministry!
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Psalm 127:3

God knows best how children should be reared.  After all, God has reared billions of children. Our heavenly Father does know better than child psychologists, child welfare workers, day-care providers, and teachers.

The Bible has much to say about how a child should be reared. Here is some of God’s advice on rearing children:

“Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.” Proverbs 4:1
“Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Exodus 20:12
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1

 “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: …” Ephesians 6:4
“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Colossians 3:21

“… but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Psalm 119:9

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” II Timothy 3:15

“Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” Proverbs 19:18 The longer discipline is put off, the more bent a child will be to do his own will.
“ Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” Proverbs 22:15
Disciplining a child is hard work that takes much patience. For this reason many children are not disciplined. Another reason a child is not disciplined is that he is not loved.
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverb 13:24
“Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.” Proverb 29:17

“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame...” Proverbs 29:15

“Nothing drives people to prayer like parenting.”  


This lesson was featured in The Bible View #164.

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