How to Raise Godly Children? - A Must Read


We pointed out 4 things:

1) How To teach a child?
2) How To rebuke and reproof a child?
3) How To correct a child?
4) How to train a child?

"And that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;" --
2 Timothy 3:15 -16

1) How To teach a child? 
Immerse our kids with the word of God that is with the biblical standard when teaching our children. Teach them about the doctrinal and ethical values. The right living in Christ and about the salvation only through Christ. Keep the bible standard while teaching them.

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be in your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:4-9

"We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children" Psalm 78:4-5

Verse to remind kids more often:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” - Ephesians 6:1-3

"Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord." - Colossians 3:20

2) How To rebuke and reproof a child? 
We must deal with this, as if, we are prosecuting a case in a court. While reproofing - we must align with the word of God - Bring up all the evidence from the word of God to help the child - Prove the child, if he is wrong, through scriptural evidence. It should be evident to the kid that it's not our (parent's) idea, because "God said so ". Do this with a gentle attitude in Christ and also tell them some positive things they did before scolding them for their actions. In this way, you will help them to grow and mature like a true adult who values the morals in the biblical standard.

"Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." - Proverbs 13:20 ( so here we make sure who our kids are friends with, that is, a parent's responsibility and is accountable to God)

Another point is - if we, adults, do something wrong to the child - then we must go and confess it to them and ask for their forgiveness and tell them it was wrong of us to do such a thing and, make sure, you let your kid know that you are also under God's authority. Ask God for genuine wisdom to bring up your child in a sound manner. God will give us that wisdom if we ask.

"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1: 5


3) How To correct a child? 
Correction is like, suppose someone falls down, our immediate response is to grab a hold of them and bring them to a stable position. In like manner, when our children fall into a temptation to sin or any mistakes, we must bring them to an immediate correction by applying biblical standards in their lives.

Steps of Correction:

1) Bring your child in genuine repentance ( Ex: I did such and such mistakes towards you and God I was so rude to you...)

2) Confession (they must ask forgiveness) ( Ex: Mamma, please forgive me).

3) Fellowship (with your children and also others) (Ex: Communicate with them/ have fun with your kid/ kiss them/her-- play / dine with him/her etc. there are many ways to entertain and maintain a healthy relationship with our children.)

"A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother. When the wicked thrive, so does sin, but the righteous will see their downfall. Discipline your children, and they will give you peace; they will bring you the delights you desire." - Proverbs 29:15-17

4) How to train a child?

Training up a child is one of the important steps to built their character into mature responsible adults who follows the word of God in the long run.

We talked about a few examples - we talked about -- how do a person learn to ride a bike? - Do they follow a manual bike book to learn to ride? of course, NOT, it is only by practicing every day. In like manner, we need to train our children on a day to day basis, because they do not know any better. As parents, we should NOT allow our kids to control us in any manner they should know who is in authority. So we mature adults must remember that we must be equipped with the word of God to train our children in a Godly manner. Sometimes this process will take time and could be hard but in the long run, it will be highly rewarding. ("Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death." - Proverbs 19:18 )

Verses:
"Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6

"Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death." - Proverbs 19:18

"Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death." - Proverbs 23:13-14

"Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them." - Proverbs 13:24


Things Parents should know:

"Parents (Fathers), do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." - Ephesians 6:4

"Parents ( Fathers), do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." - Colossians 3:21

" In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. " - Colossians 2:3

In conclusion, we need a lot of wisdom and grace from God to raise up children in a Godly Way, which only God can offer. James 1: 5 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
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