2 TIMOTHY 3:16
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;”
Have you ever heard that expression? What does it mean? Basically, it means every letter, word or marking of God’s Word. This phrase comes from something Jesus said in Matthew 5:18 (Look it up). So, when I hear people dismissing a part of Scripture because it is no longer culturally relevant, I cringe. It’s all relevant to us today. NO exceptions.
And look what it does for us. It teaches, reproves, corrects and trains. It covers all the bases. So how do we use these verses in the lives of our kids? How can we get across the truths of these verses in their lives? Well, are you doing these four things?
How are you teaching your children? Better yet, what are you teaching? The best textbook in the world is God’s Word. Sure, you have to teach them math and stuff, but the best knowledge is contained in one book. Are you reproving them? That means to point out the errors of their ways, to convict. That sounds bad, but if we don’t help our children see their mistakes, they will most certainly repeat them.
How about correcting? That means to put them back on the right path. Reproving without correcting is demeaning and hopeless. They go together. And finally, are you training them? That word means to instruct until they reach full maturity. That goes well beyond high school today.
I don’t know about you, but I have made a lot of mistakes in my child rearing days. And just about every one of them was because I deviated or completely ignored the truth of these verses. If we, as parents, will follow every jot and tittle of God’s Word, our children are much more likely to follow Him.
Father, I pray all parents will use Your
Word as their textbook for their children. I pray they will find these timeless
truths to be applicable every day as they raise their children to love You.