Teach them diligently … (part 2)

When applying the instructions God has given to parents in His Word, most teaching in the home will take place during times of non-conflict. This is really the ideal learning situation for both the parent and child. The parent is typically better able to communicate during times of non-conflict and the child is generally more receptive to receiving and obeying instruction (i.e. when neither party is clouded by emotions often roused during times of conflict).

Therefore, rather than waiting until the heat of the moment to offer instruction to a child (as with the scenario given in the previous post — part 1), the parent should seek to consistently and continually offer biblical wisdom and instruction during times of non-conflict, such as during the course of everyday life (i.e. play time, doing homework, driving around town, cleaning up after a meal, etc.). At every point, the parent should be seeking opportunities to inform the child’s heart about God, himself, and others through the teaching of God’s Word. In doing so, the parent is laying the foundation of the child’s emerging world-view.

If the parent is faithful to undertake this task during times of non-conflict, then whenever those moments of conflict (i.e. when the child sets his will against the parent’s) do arise the child will actually become increasingly aware of his/her offense before the parent even has an opportunity to respond, simply because the parent has taken the time beforehand to reinforce the law written on heart of the child through the careful teaching of God’s Word (Deuteronomy 6.6-9; Romans 2.14-15). It really makes the subsequent process of correction and discipline a much more positive and effective process for both the parent and the child.

As noted before, God’s ways are far better than our own (Isaiah 55.8-9). Whenever we seek to operate in any area of life outside the parameters that God has revealed to us in His Word, we run the risk of not only missing out on the blessing of obedience, but also receiving His loving, yet firm hand of correction until we repent to follow His ways (Hebrews 12.7-11). May we, as parents, seek to follow God’s ways, for our good, for the good of our children, and for His glory (Romans 8.28-30)!

About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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