biblestudy: Childrearing (Part 4)
Object Of Our Affection
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 12-Dec-87; Sermon #BS-CR04; 80 minutes
John Ritenbaugh observes that children do not initiate love; they reflect love. If the child does not receive a convincing demonstration of this love, he will not become a conductor of love, but will become fearful, anxious, and lacking self-esteem. Realizing that all behavior is learned, and that character is nothing more than acquired habit, we need vital God-centered instruction in child-rearing. In the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4), we receive specific guidelines on instructing our children — emphasizing continuous intense love and devotion through our words, example, and behavior. Reflecting that children learn what they live, we must rear children with a view to their future spiritual destiny rather than our own self-centeredness. We demonstrate love for our children through eye contact, physical contact (touching or hugging), and focused attention (time).
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