Family devotion time is a prime opportunity to invest life-changing principles in our children.
Family Counseling Ministries -
In the 11th article of a 20-part series on
family devotions, Dr. Dunlap discusses five important life-principles that
parents should seek to invest in their childrens lives: the principles of Sin,
Flesh, Forgiveness, Discernment and Responsibility. He emphasizes the fact that
the best way for our children to recognize error and deception is to be fully acquainted
with Gods Truth.
When parents set aside a regular meeting time for family
devotions they have a prime opportunity to invest life-changing principles in
their childrens lives. We continue our discussion of several important truths
that parents should strive to teach their children during family worship time.
Children must understand that Satan wants to devour
Christiansto destroy their testimonies.
The Flesh Principle is the fourth principle
and it states that we ought to remove any objects of temptation from our lives,
so that the flesh will be easier to control. This is called fleeing temptation.
Children should understand the fact that they cannot flirt
with sin. Parents must teach their sons and daughters that Satan is no
gentleman. He is a liar, who, after getting his toe in the doorway of a
particular sin in our lives, flings the door wide open at the first
We read this warning in Romans 13:14,
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for
the flesh in regard to its lusts.
Sons and daughters are never too young to begin learning about
the sovereignty of God in their lives.
Principle #5 is the Forgiveness Principle.
Parents should teach children to forgive any offenses that others commit
against them. It is important to acquaint children with the truth of Gods
sovereigntythe fact that God takes those things that others intend for evil
and uses them for good in our lives when we love and obey Him. Children must
understand how to apply the command in Ephesians 4:32,
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each
other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Parents should teach children to quickly repent of any grudge
that they may have against someone who has hurt them. It is vital to explain that
when we allow a root of bitterness to spring up in our hearts, we harm
ourselves and we defile the lives of other people as well.
The best way to recognize error is to know the Truth.
The sixth principle is called the Discernment
Principle. This is the ability to separate truth from error. As our
children exercise this skill, they will become increasingly adept at
recognizing deception when they encounter it throughout their lives. We read in
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and
more in real knowledge and all discernment.
The Responsibility Principle is principle
#7. A child must learn and do what both God and other people expect from him or
her. Parents should challenge children to fulfill their responsibilities cheerfully
and diligently. They should be aware that God requires them to assume full
responsibility for their every thought, word and deed. They must realize that
God also holds them responsible for past sins and expects them to repent, if
necessary, and to make appropriate restitution. The writer of Acts 24:16
So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God
Children must understand that God commands His children to
add to their faith, a clear conscience.