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Responsibilities of Parents

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.

5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5

 

If God has given us children, then we must realize that He has given us a great blessing. In the above passage alone, we are told that children are a gift, a reward, and a source of strength and happiness.

Children are a great blessing, but with great blessings comes great responsibilities. It has been said that children are like lumps of clay to be molded. Taking that lump of clay and molding it into a godly young man or woman is the task that God has given parents. This responsibility does not belong to the grandparents, extended family, friends, teachers, elders, preacher, etc. While these individuals can be expected to provide a good influence upon children, God has singled out fathers and mothers and given them instructions concerning their responsibilities towards the “heritage” that they have received “from the Lord.” Continue reading » Responsibilities of Parents

General Truths in Proverbs

The book of Proverbs paints pictures of various topics that wisdom affects.  A primary focus in the book is the consequences of choices people make.  Proverbs reveals the grave consequences for rejecting wisdom.  Solomon writes, “Good understanding giveth favor; But the way of the transgressor is hard” (Proverbs 13:15).  The life of the fool is likened unto making your way through a “hedge of thorns” (Proverbs 15:19).  When a person rejects wisdom for foolishness they bring trouble (Proverbs 15:6; 21:23), destruction (Proverbs 13:13), mischief (Proverbs 28:14), and calamity (Proverbs 22:) to their lives and the lives of those they touch.  The foolish experience trouble, destruction, mischief, and calamity in life because of the poor decisions they make.  The fool will have evil companions (Proverbs 1:10-14; 4:14-19; 13:20; 20:19; 24:1-2; 28:9), participate in sexual immorality (Proverbs 5:7-9; 9:14-15; etc.), be too lazy to work (Proverbs 6:6-11; etc.), use filthy language (Proverbs 4:24-27; 8:7-9), hunger and thirst for riches (Proverbs 11:4-6, 27-28; 13:7-8, 11; 18:11, 23; 23:4-5; etc.), have an angry disposition (Proverbs 19:19; 29:11), bear false witness (Proverbs 19:5, 28; 25:18), seek revenge (Proverbs 20:22), scoff at others (Proverbs 21:24; 22:10; 24:9; 29:8), and harden their hearts against God’s laws (Proverbs 29:1).  All such foolishness brings regret, troubles, and sorrows now and forevermore.

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Proverbs on Parenting

Solomon wrote, “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers” (Proverbs 17:6).  Most young people look forward to a day when they have a child of their own.  Thoughts of children in the home are exciting and joyous.  David wrote, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them” (Psalms 127:4-5 / NKJVB).  The happiness of having a child is difficult to put in words.  The excitement of watching the child grow and develop various abilities is fascinating.  Christians must always remember; however, that there are great responsibilities that come with having children. Continue reading » Proverbs on Parenting