“Train up a child in the way that he should go and when
He is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22: 6
Introduction: The current news that we know especially in Japan and Libya have caused great alarm to most of us. A lot of questions arise regarding the kind of the world our earth is heading up to. Reading II Timothy 3:1-10 and Matthew 24 makes us aware that this world, apart from God, is heading towards turmoil! How then can we give hope and assure ourselves that our children will have a brighter future?
My purpose in bringing this message is to reinforce to you, as parents, regarding your privilege and duty in molding the young lives of your children; and for the children-the determination to build up their character.
I can imagine the experience of King Solomon who had lots of children. He had children with differing moods and characteristics. Observing his many children and even the children of his subordinates, he came into the conclusion that training early, elegantly, and excellently is a very important task and privilege of parents. I believe that Solomon also had wayward children. Problem children are the results of abnormal relationships in the home, parental neglect and bad example.
We should rather believe and obey this admonition from an experienced father, King Solomon. The training of children requires discernment and wisdom. Parents should distinguish the differences in the character and moods of each of their children. Their goal in the training is to inculcate the desire to fear God and to encourage respect for the parents.
Parents therefore should be godly samples, grave shapers of children’s characters, and gracious supporters of their children.
One of the purposes of the church is to encourage the training of children to revere God and to respect and esteem their parents.
May we reap the fruits of all our efforts for the salvation of children and the glory of God.
Proposition: The training of children...
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