Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Parents, it's your duty to train your children to love God and to keep His commandments. You do this first by loving God and keeping His commandments yourself (Deut. 6:4-9). The goal is self-government under God. When your children (especially your teenagers), will not govern themselves under God, then you must govern them. You govern them by example and with your words. You also govern them with correction, direction, and discipline. You are the boss. God put you in charge. You do have the authority and He expects you to use it with wisdom. You train them to make wise decisions and you enforce that wisdom. You decide who their friends will be, what they will watch and read, where they will go to school, how to act and talk, how long to play, when to be home, what to wear, how to spend their money (including tithing), what they will participate in, how and when chores are to be done, and anything else that affects how they live before God and man. It's hard work, but it's your job. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it" (Pr. 22:6).