Meditation

Meditation for 07/31/2019

“Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.” (Proverbs1:89)

The first and most important classroom in the school of life is the home. Both father and mother are expected to assume responsibility for training and nurturing the minds of children. Though school and church might contribute significantly to the process of education, no outside agency can equal he influence of parents as an educative force.

Note that the words of the wisdom write are addressed to the son rather than to the parents. The learner has a responsibility for attending in parental instruction. Although home schooling has once again become popular and it does include religious instruction by many, it is not a requirement. However, the positive influence of instruction by parents has a value second to none. Those parents who home school have children that are more attentive, more involved in the instruction by parents, and usually also grade higher at earlier levels. Not everyone can do this, but all can and should participate in their children’s homework and class assignments, revealing their interest in their children’s education.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Abba, the wisdom You provide us through Your Word, gives us insight into our responsibilities towards our children’s education and also our willingness to help them achieve the goals they want to achieve in life. We pray to You, Abba, that we might be led by the Holy Spirit to be involved in any way possible, to provide an environment of success all the way through school for our young ones, in schoolwork and also Bible study, that they have the tools necessary to achieve goals throughout life and in whatever endeavor they seek in their own lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Don’t “hope” friend, decide! (1st John 5:10-13)

KNOWING GOD:

“Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—-which is the first commandment with a promise—-”that it may go well with your and that you may enjoy long life on he earth.” Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Galatians6:1-4)

Beloved, the responsibility for nurturing children in the faith is fixed squarely on he shoulders of Christian fathers. Mother’s, obviously will be involved and will have much to do with the nurture and training of children; but fathers who relinquish this duty entirely to their wives do so in clear violation of New Testament teaching. “Training” (the Greek word – paideia, which denotes a combination of instruction, discipline, and personal guidance). Fathers are also warned against engendering anger and frustration in their children, since it will negate much of their positive teaching.

I AM:

Discipleship, The Fallen: (2nd Corinthians2:511)

Discipline should be backed with forgiveness. Church discipline may be appropriate when serious offense is involved, but Christians never are free to withhold forgiveness when a person evidences repentance. Undue punishment may cause overwhelming discouragement and grief unless Christian love is reaffirmed. Redemptive love and real forgiveness are essential in maintaining a strong fellowship in a church. Such qualities should be in good supply in any church. Discipline and punishment should never be the dominating note in a church’s life. This is also very true of how we are to treat and train our children. We are to give instruction and training in the Lord, just as we ought to do for adults, and always with Christian love, to reaffirm the instructions we give to everyone. Understand?

Second Thought of the Day:

“This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and shares together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 3:6)

We have all heard the need to share the gospel, which entails “evangelization.” Funny thing though, is that we seem to have no problem going to another country to evangelize them, but when asked to instruct our own children, we seem to just fall back! When each of us accepted Christ, it was a mountaintop experience and the love we felt simply was overflowing. So why is it, we shrink away from giving our children the same instruction?

Certainly the mountaintop experience is wonderful, but shouldn’t we want others to feel the same way? Also, being on the top of the mountain is great, but my beloved, the work of sharing the gospel is down in the valley were the people who have not heard it live and work. Why is it we think our children ought to wait several years to have an experience with Christ? We do them a disservice by not giving them instruction for their lives in Christ.

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