The New Testament famously tells fathers to bring their children up “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). We are assured by the inspiration of God that if we bring our children up properly, when they are older they will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6).
But a part of raising children is making sure that we live the part. In fact, because they are so impressionable, children learn what they live. In order to make the biggest impression of this, there are several examples to think about:
- If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
- If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
- If a child lives with fear, he learns to be anxious and insecure.
- If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.
- If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
- If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
- If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident in himself and his abilities.
- If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be tolerant of others.
- If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative.
- If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.
- If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
- If a child lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to set goals.
- If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and others.
When you appraise these negative and positive traits, you essentially have the qualities of a Christian. And this really makes a fantastic point. So much of your life can be better if you’ll just become and then faithfully act like a Christian. Look at the immense power you’ll wield for your children by that decision.