Our Relationship With Our Kids – October 26, 2016
Deuteronomy 6:4, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Joshua 24:15, “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
1 Timothy 5:8, But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Over the past few weeks, I have taught a series at Cottonwood Creek titled, ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way!’ The topics covered so are were: love, humility, forgiveness, commitment and the do’s and don’ts of great relationships.
In my blogs this week, I am offering practical, biblical advice on our five most important earthly relationships. Today’s relationship focus is on our kids. Deuteronomy 6:5 states, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” God’s Word must be impressed on our children both at home and when you are out and about in your daily schedules. Biblical truths are to be discussed in the morning and before bed (all day long). Talking about God’s wisdom constantly is necessary in order to influence and impact the lives of our children. Kids are very impressionable and someone or something will influence them. But the Bible says that parents are to be the greatest influencers in their kids’ lives. However, that only happens when we spend time with them, when we talk about God as a part of our daily lives- not an isolated Sunday morning topic.
Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D