Biblestudy: Childrearing (Part Five)
God the Master Childrearer
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 26-Dec-87; 82 minutes
God's main focus today is on the development of spiritual Israel, as the "apple of His eye." God initiated this special contact and remains intensively involved, actively directing and guiding this relationship, leaving nothing to chance. Likewise, we dare not leave child rearing to chance, but ought to bend the tender twigs entrusted to us toward God's purpose, with God's Kingdom in mind. Following the example of our father Abraham, we need to start early, systematically and consistently training our children in righteousness [focusing upon principles and examples from God's word], instilling a sense of responsibility, instilling a sense of respect for God, other people, and things, nurturing and correcting [but not to exasperation] them, monitoring their patterns of conduct, preparing them as Godly seed for His Kingdom.
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