The Bible gives us our purpose. Our main role as a parent is to train up a child to know God and follow Him.
It can be a hard job with all of the distractions in this world that want to keep them off track. Being a parent of a child is an amazing purpose God has given His creation. You are responsible for teaching your child about who God is, who they are in Him, and that they too have a purpose on this earth. No pressure, right?
It is so important to God that you train them up in His Word to know how to deal with all the distractions and situations life may bring them.
Training is not a one time tell them and they will get it method of teaching. Training is doing something constantly over and over with discipline and focus.
Daily practice in God’s Word requires being consistent to study, dig deeper, spend time and research what He tells us about life, situations and relationships.
Spending time together and good communication is what strengthens a relationship.
God wants us to spend time in His Word and talk to Him in prayer because He desires a relationship with us.
We parents only have a handful of years to be the insight and input into a child’s heart. Lord willing, we have many wonderful years to have a friendship with our adult children. Helping them and guiding them to walk as Jesus walked while they are children, will set them on the right path as mature adults walking on the earth.
As children, they will make and lose many friendships and relationships. What they need most is the knowledge of their Heavenly Father and the safety, love and instruction of their earthly parents.
To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, 3 to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; 4 to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth– 5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, 6 to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction
How to train up a child in the Lord
Be the example
You teach them how to walk, talk, and brush their teeth. Teach them how to love the Lord. Children copy what they see. You are the best example for following the Lord and obeying His Word. Trust God to guide you and give you the words, instructions and strength you need to teach your children.
Children need to know who God is, who they are to Him and that the Bible is His Word to us and for us.
If we don’t teach our children what the Bible tells us for living on this earth and how we can live eternally with God in heaven, we are dropping the ball and responsibility as parents.
If you don’t teach your child about life, the world will surely tell them its version of living.
Bible Verses About Training Up a Child
1 John 5:3
1 John 4:8
You know your children better than anyone. Find creative ways to help them remember to seek God in all they do and in every situation they encounter. We love to create visuals, hands on ideas and structured moments to help kids know and memorize God’s Word.
Place Bible verses in their bedrooms, on the fridge, on the bathroom mirror, in their notebooks and in a creative place that you know they will see it most. Help them to retain His Word in their heart, soul, minds and bodies so that they never forget what God’s Word says.
Train up a child- Mark 12:30
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” ESV
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. KJV
Train up a child- Mark 12:31
The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” ESV
And the second is like, namely this*, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. KJV
Train up a child- Colossians 3:20
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. ESV
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. KJV
Train up a child- Psalm 111:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever! ESV
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. KJV
Train up a child- 1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. ESV
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. KJV
Train up a child- 1 John 4:8
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. ESV
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. KJV
Train up a child in the Lord. Teach them how mighty He is and that they can trust Him. They will watch how you live and react to things in this world. Children look at your faith in God as how their faith looks. Soon they will remove the training wheels making their own decisions.
May your training in the Word help your children be strong in their relationship with God.
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