Children: plural of child. Child: An offspring of human parents. A descendant.
Devotion for Children
Holding a baby in your arms is one of the most humbling experiences of life. This new, tiny person looking into your eyes, with their tiny little fingers wrapped around yours, trusting that you will care for them. It just melts the heart! Having a baby is life’s best and life’s scariest responsibility. We are the custodians over our children and their hearts, entrusted by God to watch over and protect them.
Most parents will automatically want to protect and provide for their children, giving them food, clothing and lot’s of love. However, there’s a more difficult side to love. God also expects us to correct our children and train them in the way they should go. If we want godly children, we must train and correct them according to God’s word. When you train, you do the same thing repeatedly, until they are able to do it themselves. Give your children the right information, and then have them do it over and over again, they’ll get it! Something Gloria Copeland said is; “In consistency lies the power.” Repetition and consistency is the key.
Proverbs 13:24 says that we actually spoil a child, if we refuse to correct them. Spoil, in this case, means, “To impair the character of the child.” An unruly child, often times, grows up to be an unruly adult, seeking their own way and having a general lack of respect for others and themselves. As Hebrews 12:11 says; “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but it produces righteousness for those who have been trained by it.”
We can clearly see the moral breakdown in society these days, especially in young people. Have you ever heard it said, “Do as I say, not as I do!”? this is a very foolish statement, which frustrates our children and causes them to rebel against us, as soon as they become old enough. How do we expect our children to stay away from cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, if we are smoking cigarettes or marijuana and drinking? How do we expect them to have clean language, if ours is vulgar? Children really do learn by example! If we want to have children that respect others, then we need to treat them with respect. If we want our children to listen to us, then we need to be willing to listen the them. As soon as a child can talk, he or she has something to say. Be respectful enough to listen to them, only correcting them if it’s necessary. Listening to them while they are very young, teaches them that you will listen to them throughout their lives. We love them, they need us! If we want to raise children, who are the future leaders, to be honorable, the we need to teach them what it is to be honorable. Most importantly, we need to live the kind of lives before them that we expect from them.
Along with godly correction, we need to tell our children why our discipline is necessary and why God wants them to obey our instruction. Tell them why God’s word is important to us, and why we believe that his way is best. The greatest gift I can give my children, is to pass down my faith to them and the greatest gift I can give my grandchildren is a godly parent.
As adults, we don’t outgrow the need for correction. We need to be willing to accept our heavenly Father’s correction, just as our children accept ours. We can never become so good or so obedient that we don’t need direction and discipline. God, the creator of all humanity, surely must know what is best for us. His guidance and wisdom are crucial to help us raise our children.
If you have never had or can’t have children, our children need your love and guidance too. Be the best Aunt, Uncle, Niece or Nephew you can be! Children need as much love and guidance as they can possibly get. You have the opportunity to help shape their lives in a positive way, as well as, being a trusted confidant and friend. Children can never have too many people loving and supporting them.
Children are truly one of God’s best gifts to mankind, let’s treasure them always. Leading them prayerfully, with a firm, godly hand and more love than they could ever imagine!
Genesis 33:5 Then Esau Looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”
Psalms 127:3-5 Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Bless is the man whose quiver is full of them.
Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 13:24 He who spares the rod hates (spoils), his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.
Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far from him.
Colossians 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Proverbs 1:8-9 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.
Proverbs 15:5 A fool spurns his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
Proverbs 13:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
Ephesians 6:1-3 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 you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Hebrews 12:9-11 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while, as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.