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Teaching Your Children

Weekly Devotionals

Teaching Your Children

Ephesians 6:1-4
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”  Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Parents are always teaching their kids. Even before they are born, we try to impart words of knowledge, love, and affection so that a part of us can rub off on them. As they grow, the instructions become more deliberate and constant. There’s a tug and pull between letting them be themselves and controlling their behavior. Obeying parents isn’t a natural disposition as they come to terms with their own will to power.

I also must confess that raising them up in the training and instruction of the Lord isn’t natural either. I would rather control them and it’s hard to find a day when I do not exasperate my children. Recently, I’m realizing just how important it is to properly teach them.

For example, it’s come to the point where we need to have “the talk” with them. Having a proper and Godly view of sexuality can determine how they view themselves, how they relate with others, who they marry, and even the quality of their marriage. We also need to talk with them about our family history and adoption. It pains me to think about the hurt and confusion it may cause, as if I’m bringing an end to their innocence and shattering their worldview. We also need to share the Gospel with them and hope they see their need for Jesus and fall in love with Him.

As parents, it’s daunting to think about the life we hold in our small hands. We know it’s a precious gift to steward these little people, made in the image of God, just for a short while before they leave the nest. What’s the lesson? I’m not really sure to be honest. We can make up simple answers on paper but day in and day out, we’re all just trying our best to make it through another day, another year.

I do like how the book of Ephesians ends. The last instruction reads:

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Maybe prayer brings us full circle to the Father who trains and instructs us, who never exasperates us. Someone who honors us so we can enjoy long life on earth. It doesn’t make it any less easy for parents but it does bring a sense of comfort.