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“Married people can do no better work than to bring up their children well.  Where parents are nonconscientious about this, it is as if everything were the wrong way around, like fire that will not burn or water that is not wet.” Martin Luther

Proverbs 6:20-23 is a familiar portion of scripture. We love to see children obedient to the parent’s teaching, which is based on God’s Word.

Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.”  If we capture a child’s heart, his motivation will be a sincere desire to please us.  If the child can look us clearly in the eyes, we know his conscience is clear and our relationship with him is open.

One aspect of training is discipline. Proverbs 13:24 Obedience can be taught through parental disciplining of their children. This discipline will actually protect the children.

Our loving Lord uses discipline in our lives as well.  Hebrews 12:5-13 The Lord brings hardships our way to train us.  These could include sickness, trials, bad days, injustices done to us by others.

Think about how the Lord has disciplined you over the years.  What rods has He used?  What fruit has His discipline yielded? How has His discipline affected your relationship to Him?  What has been your attitude toward His discipline?  Do you “arise and call Him blessed?” Does He have your whole heart’s allegiance?

Let’s make an unbreakable appointment with each of our children (or with someone else’s) to spend time teaching them about Christ and showing them His love.  If this is not possible, pray for the children in your congregation and do all you can to support the children’s ministry in your church.

Excerpts from A Wise Woman Builds Her House written by Rose Carlson for the WMF in 2002.