"TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO: AND WHEN HE IS OLD, HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT." - PROVERBS 22:6
Pastor Randy Valimont of Griffin First Assembly of God in Griffin, Georgia, has testified of God's providence concerning our children. His daughter for a time, drifted away from the Lord, and after much prayer, when a little older, returned to God and is now serving in full time ministry. Pastor Valimont's witness is not alone, as many parents proclaim the same resolve, thanking God for their children's return to faith.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word "train", so "as to form by instruction, discipline, or drill. To teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient."
To love and guide a child is the goal of most parents. What does God's word proclaim as the best way to fulfill this purpose?
Micah 6:8 instructs us confirming, " He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Jesus Christ provided us with the example of "what is good", just, and loving. His mercy is everlasting. In turn, we teach and reach our children by example. "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." - Deuteronomy 6:7
Another words, we are to instruct, discipline, and drill God's word, way, and commandments, into the hearts and minds of our children. Laying up God's words in our hearts and soul, ...so that we may teach them to our children, speaking of them when we sit in our homes and walk along the way...Deuteronomy 11:19
We are all God's children and accept God's salvation plan with Child like faith. "Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein." - Mark 10:15
God is a faithful loving parent, "As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you." - Issaiah 66:13 So too do we extend our love and comfort to our children, as they grow up in the Lord established by His Holy word.
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