Bringing up a child is exciting and spiritually rewarding at the same time. Research shows that married people are happier than everyone else, and that the most miserable are those who are divorced or separated. Children can bring an increased sense of meaning and purpose to everyday life.
God gave us children to bring immeasurable joy to mankind.
When godly people raised as godly children they make divine decisions and take godly actions that will influence the home and their everyday life. Children need to develop a strong relationship with God, taught by their parents, so they do not drift away into pursuits which can have a long-lasting damage, before the days will become long and hard.
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,
And the years draw near when you say,
“I have no pleasure in them”
Children should obey their mother and Father, in everything they do. This is beneficial and pleasing to the Lord, as well as honoring them and respecting them. This is a moral statute.
“Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.”
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.”
Children should respect their parents who brought them into this world, how many actually do this in the modern age, and especially when the body gets older. We will all get old, and require love and support. Old age should be enjoyed not to be feared in the future.
Age brings intelligence, experience, wisdom and beauty. So why are we so scared of it?
We’re frightened of becoming weak and needy, but those who have a positive view of ageing stay healthier longer. This positive view is found in family values and the love of God.
Children should know when they have done wrong, this is also in the eyes of God. Discipline is an expression of love. Discipline does not mean violent acts towards the child but sitting down at the table, talking with the wisdom of The Holy Spirit. Strength is in the Lord to get through any problems.
“He who spares his rod hates his son,
But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”
If a child is brought up in a Christian family and taught to follow in Christ’s footsteps, he becomes an example for everyone and to his future Household. Learning true morals we become Godly children. Looking up to our Mother and Father and ultimately to Christ.
1 Timothy 4:12
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
“My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother.”
If we live a holy pure life we do not dishonor our parents, our own bodies which is a temple to The Holy Spirit and to God. If you shame your Father you disobey the law.
“Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.”
Do not steal or take advantage of your parents. Friends can also influence choice. True friends are hard to find, Christian friends are always the best. They have the same thinking, morals and Gods laws. Companions who love the Lord have pure hearts, love can be an extension of Christ, his glorious Church.
True family life and Godly principles consists of prayer for the Lords blessings. Compassion for others, working with the mind of Christ, able to repent, forgiveness treat others with the Lords love, respect, and finally recreation which involves refreshing the Spirit.
2 Timothy 2:22
“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
God gives us instruction in scripture on how to raise a child, he wants the parents to be shining examples for what Jesus stood for, mothers to be wise and kind. Firm correction of wrongs helps children learn what is right. Discipline matures the child into thinking first before action.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
“She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.”
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
When we continue faithfully in relationship with the creator we can be confident and unashamed before God when Jesus Christ comes.
Children bring joy into the world.
“A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.”
Relationships should unify and never compromise faith. That’s why it’s so important to not marry different religions, which can bring conflict and ultimately the child suffers. Christian relationships are made possible through unity with Jesus Christ. Relationships in Christ knit together forming a temple fit for The Holy Spirit to indwell. In who we spend time with makes us strong, wise and we suffer no harm or potential sin.
2 Corinthians 6:14
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”
“In whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.
It is God’s plan and desire that each child be born according to His plan for us and that is through the blessed Union of marriage to have fellowship within the union of love and laws. So picking a partner should not include a sexual relationship until marriage.
This can be very hard for most people in modern society. We have a mindset of sin, a Christian follows by example in Christ we serve and knows what is decent and true. Sex was designed to fulfill in the bonds of marriage and kept pure and holy. If you commit sexual sin you sin against your own body.
“Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.”
1 Corinthians 6:13-18
“Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods, but God will destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God both raised up the Lord and will also raise us up by His power.
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.”