Parentsyour children are never too young to learn a reverent fear of God.
Family Counseling Ministries -
An important part of child discipline is teaching
children at a very young age to fear God. Although young children seek the
approval and warm affirmation of their parents, even a two-year old is old
enough to begin grasping the concept that his or her highest aim in life must
be to please our heavenly Father and win Gods commendation. In the 6th
of a 20-article series, Dr. Don Dunlap explains how parents can achieve this
Little children are far more concerned with pleasing their
parents than they are with pleasing God. They can see and touch their mothers
and fathers, but God is an abstract Being. As children grow older, however, at
two or three years of age, they should begin to grasp the concept that their
highest goal must be to please God above everyone else.
Parents should begin to remind children often of the truths
that God never slumbers and He takes sin very seriously. Children should have
an abiding sense that Gods eyes are constantly upon them.
We should make it clear to children that they ultimately
answer to Godnot usas their final authority.
Parents must explain to their children that they, as adult
children of God, are also under authority, and that God disciplines them each
time they behave disobediently. That is how God demonstrates His love for us as
our heavenly Father. A person is truly free when he or she submits to God-given
Children should learn at an early age that their chief
purpose in life is to love and obey God. Therefore, although their wrong
behavior displeases their parents, the more important principle is that it
displeases God, who is perfectly holy. This truth helps young children develop
a healthy, biblical fear of God, and an awareness of His presence.
Begin helping children memorize Gods Word as soon as they can
utter a few syllables.
It is helpful to memorize scripture verses on obedience
together as a family. Many parents find that their children memorize the verses
more readily when they learn hand motions that go along with the verses as
memory-prompters. An excellent verse to begin with is Ephesians 6:1,
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
The writer of Colossians 3:20 reiterates this truth,
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases
When each of the children in our family reaches about two
years of age, he or she is able to quote, Thou God seest me.
We should lead each child to begin to grasp the principles of
Gods omniscience (He knows everything) and omnipresence (He is everywhere.)
God knows about every detail that happens in our lives and nothing that we say
or do escapes His watchful eye.
Children should understand that God has charged their parents
with the primary teaching roles in their lives.
Children should understand that their parents are the
God-given authorities in their homes. There should be no question or confusion
as to that fact. It is vitally important for parents to clearly establish their
primary teaching role in their childrens livesto impart to them instruction,
reproof, correction and training in righteousness.