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Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go - Proverbs 22:6

Penulis : A. James on Sunday, April 15, 2012 | 3:21 PM

Every Christian parent wonders - How can I raise my child to become a strong Christian adult? How can I teach him to trust in God, to follow God's Word, to look to God in everything he does, and to let God lead his life?

The Bible plainly tells us two things:

First, His PROMISE,
and it is a promise!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV

When you are thinking about raising you child in the way he should go, keep in mind this does not mean that you take your child to Church on Easter Sunday, send them to VBS each year, and maybe make it to Sunday school here and there throughout the year.

Training your child in the way he should go means you need a regular church routine. The Lord's day, which is normally Sunday, should not be thought of as just 'another day of the week'. Commandment 4 tells us - Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8 KJV).

So, now we know church is very important. It not only teaches us about God and the Bible, we can fellowship with other Christians and teach our children what they should do as they grow into adults. When children are taught that Sunday is the Lord's day and it needs to be honored, they will know how important it is to take their children to church.

Another way to train up your children is to live a Godly life. Some people will go to church each Sunday just to start Monday off cussing, yelling, talking horrible about others, listening to music with bad language or meaning, setting down to watch television that should not be viewed by anyone, and so on. Children are more likely to grow up and act like their parents do before they grow up and act like they are told to do.

a warning!

Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Proverbs 19:18 KJV


Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
Proverbs 22:15 KJV

These two verses let us know that if we do not correct our children when they have done wrong, they will never know it is wrong and continue down a path of destruction. When parents love their children, they want to correct them and show them the right path - the path of God and salvation.

You've heard the old saying - Spare the rod, spoil the child, right? This is probably where the saying came from.

Of course, these verses in no way give a parent permission to 'beat' their children, lock them up, or do any type of physical or mental damage. These verses are there to let us know that we are to 'correct' our kids. Every child is different and often a 'time out' is sufficient, but in more severe cases, a longer grounding might be needed to get them pointed in the right direction.

As parents, it is our own call as to the punishment our children need to correct them. There are many forms of punishment that does not involve jerking your child up by the arm, yelling at the top of your lungs, and beating them with a belt each and every time they have did something they shouldn't. Often, these forms of punishment leads a child in the wrong direction and could case them to become an 'abuser' to their own family when they are grown.

Use every single one of your actions and reactions to teach your child to lead Godly lives. And remember, they are likely to act like you than to do what they are told.

Lead by example and you have God's promise that they will no depart from their upbringing.

Here is a wonderful video of two girls singing Christian music from Francesca Batistelli.

This is one example of teaching your children to praise God...

Special Thanks to Haleybop5726
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