We must urge our children to make any sacrifices necessary to live righteous and holy lives.
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The writer of 1 Timothy 3:16,17 declares,
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching,
reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, so that the man
of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Any person who desires to develop his or her parenting skills
should pay close attention to the truths of these two verses. We will consider
each of these four purposes of Scripture, as they relate to parenting.
Teaching The New Testament offers us a glimpse
into the life of the greatest teacher who has ever lived. Jesus used many
different teaching methods to communicate truth to His listeners. He used the
question and answer method, He taught with parables, and He taught by example,
to name a few. He made Gods Word come alive in the eyes and ears of His
followers, and He demonstrated the importance of teaching truth from an
abundant heart. His goal was not merely to teach facts, but to change lives.
As parents, we should imitate Jesus teaching methodology
as we teach our children how God expects them to live. Do we take time to
creatively present the truths of God to our children or do we deliver endless
lectures? Are we often guilty of overkill or are we sensitive to our childrens
varying attention spans?
Do we consider the fact that we need to teach our children in
chewable bites or do we choke them with intricate concepts that are over
their heads? We must strive to make the Word of God attractive and exciting so
that our children will yearn for more of Christ.
Reproof God reproves us when we neglect or
violate His commandments
or the principles of His Word. He brings conviction upon our hearts and minds,
as His Holy Spirit clarifies the nature of our offense to God or to others.
Someone has defined reproof as showing a person his or
her sin and summoning that person to repentance. Likewise, we must reprove our
children when they transgress. We should be careful not to shame or condemn
them, but rather gently and firmly point out the error of their ways. We find
this exhortation in Proverbs 15:31,
He who listens to a life-giving reproof will be at home
among the wise.
We must challenge our children with the important
biblical principle that fools do not have a teachable spirit and they refuse to
receive a rebuke. Godly wisdom should be one of our primary training goals for
We will review the two remaining purposes of Scripture, as
listed in 1 Timothy 3:16, 17 in the next article.
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