In Colossians 3:21 we read, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” When we consider the responsibilities that are upon us when we become parents, we quickly know that the task is a major one. Christians understand that this is not a time to go it alone. We need the wisdom of God; and with even the slightest discernment in place, we will turn to the Bible to see what the Lord has said about the matter. By both precept and example, the Word of God has an abundance of eternal truths to guide us. In Part I we focused on (1.) Attend the children faithfully, Matthew 18:6, 10 and (2) Teach your children, Deuteronomy 6:6-7.
Third: Train up your Children. In Proverbs 22:6 we read, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Someone wrote, “Discipline, like the bridle in the hand of a good rider, should exercise its influence without appearing to do so. It should be ever active, both as a support and as a restraint yet seem to lie easily in hand. It must always be ready to check or to pull up, as occasion may require; and only when the horse is a runaway should the action of the curb be perceptible"
Some dear people stumble over this verse when they have a major disappointment with one of their children. Even some Bible teachers and pastors try to explain it in such a way as to leave a loophole through which to escape if something doesn't go well. In both cases, the folks are ill advised. Let me be specific and forthright. This is the Word of God. It is true and it is right. Don't explain it away, but be sure you read it carefully and understand its truth.
Consider the difference between "teach" and "train." Just because you "teach" your child the facts related to an activity, doesn't mean that you have trained your child to use those facts to function. Unfortunately most parents, even Christian ones, do not understand this.
When you "teach" a child, you give him the information you have. When you "train" him or her, you take the teaching into the arena of his everyday life. You rehearse it. You illustrate it. You coach him. You reward him. You stay at the task until he begins to put the teaching to work without your guidance and supervision.
Teaching may be done quickly, while training will take every single day you have with him. Teaching may fail you, but training never fails.
Fourth: Great results forthcoming! In Isaiah 54:13 we read, "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children." Don't buy the popular mantra that "you can't raise good kids anymore.” Do not listen to the self-help gurus whose psychological evaluations offer explanations without hope and without solutions. Growing up in the twenty-first century has challenges never before faced, but that is no excuse for our up-front capitulation and resignation to failure.
If you and I will go about home and family as the Lord directs, "great… peace" (vs. 13) will be the result.
You and I should settle for no less than the best for the precious little darlings that are our flesh and blood.
It won't always be easy, but the plan of God will get you where you want to be. When you get in a valley, don't quit; and when you are atop a mountain, don't coast. It will take twenty or twenty-five years to complete your task, but it will be worth it.
May God's blessing be upon you this week as you read and meditate on the message from Psalm 23:6 “Dwelling In the House of the LORD Forever.”
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