Teaching Your Children
Deuteronomy 6:5-8 KJV
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. . .
The book of Proverbs is a practical guide for mothers and fathers to impart to their children the wisdom of God. There are wonderful lessons for your children that will serve them well their entire lives.
What is a healthy fear of God? Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” There are two kinds of fear mentioned in the Bible. One fear is the fear of the Lord, which is good and to be encouraged. The second kind of fear is a "spirit of fear" (2 Timothy 1:7), which is a hindrance to one’s faith in God.
What does it mean to fear the Lord? To have a correct view of God with an attitude of respect and awe. This includes His unfailing love, mercy, power, and His glory. The fear of the Lord contains many blessings and benefits one of which is true salvation. Also, this fear leads to wisdom and brings genuine rest and contentment (Proverbs 19:23).
What does it mean to guard the heart? Children need to be taught to protect their minds. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” To watch over their heart means a parent needs to be a safeguard regarding their minds, their emotions, and their will. The heart is like a depository and parents are to be careful about what their children watch, read, and listen to. Their minds are simple, uncomplicated and somewhat unaffected by the things of this world. That’s why they need guidance through their formative years in the things that enter the eye gate –– impacting the heart.
Lord, I pray for wisdom to be able to guide my children in the fear of the Lord.