Instilling Biblical Values in Our Children

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Nothing makes this mama more proud than to hear my kids say “let’s pray about it” when they’re sick, or when something else is wrong. This let’s me know what we’re teaching them is sinking in.

I don’t know about you, but it sickens me to see the lack of values and morals in our world today. As I think about the pressures our children will face in the future, I’m reminded that it’s our duty as parents to make sure they know what’s right and how to stand up for those things no matter what.

My husband and I want to do everything we can to make sure our kids grow up to be strong individuals who put God first in everything. It’s our responsibility to instill Biblical values in our children.

What are ways to instill Biblical values in your children?

  • You have to know what’s right. You can’t count on the world, or even a church in some cases, to teach correct values. Read and study the Bible and pray so you’ll know for yourself what’s right. If you don’t know the truth, how can you expect to pass it along to your kids.
  • Pray, pray, pray. As long as you and your children are breathing, never stop praying for them to have wisdom, courage and strength to stand up for the truth, no matter what. And don’t just pray for them, pray with them.
  • Be an example. You’ve probably heard the expression, “more’s caught, than taught.” Live a life that reflects your beliefs and values, and that glorifies God.
  • Spend time teaching them the Word. Don’t just sit down and read a little story. Talk about it and discuss how it applies to their lives right now.
  • Show mercy when your children mess up. Does God not show us mercy every day when we make mistakes? Now, I’m certainly not saying you shouldn’t punish your child for misbehaving. What I mean is taking time to calmly discuss where they went wrong, explaining that we must ask for forgiveness, and then praying with them about the situation.
  • Trust God. When you can’t be there for your children, God always is. Remember, He loves them even more than you do and wants to see them grow to be Godly men and women.

Now, my kids are young and obviously we have a long way to go before they are grown. Our knees will probably be calloused from time spent in prayer for them.

We’re also trusting in Proverbs 22:6.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

By all means, don’t think that we have it all figured out, or that we’re doing everything perfectly. No one does, but we want to give our kids the best chance at being who God wants them to be. We do believe though that by implementing the above six things, we’re going in the right direction.

In the end, it’s ultimately up to our kids to make their own decisions about life. In the meantime, we’re going to do what we can to make sure they know what’s right and what’s wrong, and trust God to take care of the rest.

What are you doing to make sure your kids are not easily swayed by worldly views?

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Posted on April 29th, 2010 in Kids and Family | 6 Comments

6 Comments

  • Great post. I believe investing in our children spiritually is the best possible investment we can make.
    .-= Nicki at Domestic Cents´s last blog ..Delicious Brownies Made From Scratch =-.

  • mindy says:

    Well said! One other thing I do is to pray that God will strategically place others in their lives to also speak His truth into their lives. I try to pray for anyone who has a vital part in my children’s lives whether that be a coach, boss, friend, pastor etc. From time to time I have also let my children share with me on how I’m doing in their eyes. That has been a real eye-opener!
    .-= mindy´s last blog ..I Found it! Also an Upcycled Skirt, and a Monster Cookie recipe =-.

    • Amanda says:

      I totally agree with you. It is important for kids to have other Godly people in their lives when we can’t be around. Thanks so much for adding this very important point!

  • Phil Smith says:

    Nice post! I don’t have kids (nor am I married), but I do want to raise up godly kids one day. I’ll definitely store this away for future use somewhere in my brain.
    .-= Phil Smith´s last blog ..Virginia Trip 2010 and Glory =-.

  • Abby says:

    Hi! I just came over from a comment on Small Notebook and wanted to second these thoughts! Especially the part about teaching the Word — not just stories, but actual history and the way it relates to today!

    Ken Ham and the Answers in Genesis people have a book out called Already Gone. I highly recommend it for those of us who wonder why good kids from godly families graduate high school and never come back to church (not that it’s all about church attendance, of course).

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