Out of a conversation I shared with a friend at skating lessons today, I've been led to post some Scripture Texts for Child Training.
There is so much advice in the world today on parenting, from the Baby Whisperer to Baby-Wise, the Nanny to Dr.Phil, and yet none of them, even the ones that are Christian like Tedd Tripp or Dr. Dobson, can give us the purest and truest parental advice. That's why I'd like to offer 4 weeks of helpful Bible references that can be used to admonish and encourage our children in God's ways. This information is an appendix out of Lou Priolo's book, Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training (Woodruff, Timeless Texts, 2000), 131-143.
James 1:19,20 "Let everyone be quick to hear, slow to speak (and) slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God."
Additional references: Prov. 14:29; Prov. 29:11; Eph. 4:26, 31-32; 1 Cor.13:4-5
Argumentation (back talking to parents)
Prov. 13:1,18 "A wise son (accepts his) father's discipline, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. Poverty and shame (will come) to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored."
Additional references: Prov.10:8; Prov.15:1; James 1:19-20; Judg. 3
Bad Company (wrong friendships)
1 Cor.15:33 "Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals."
Additional references: Prov.1:10-19; Prov.2:10-19; Prov.9:6; Prov.12:26; Prov.13:20; Prov.28:7; Heb.12:15
Heb.12:14-15 "Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. see to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled."
Additional references: Prov.26:24-26; Gal.5:15; Eph.4:31; 1 John 2:9-11
Prov.28:13 "He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes (them) will find compassion."
Additional references: Gen.3:12-13; Ex.32:21-24; Prov.19:3; Matt.7:1-5; James 1:13-15
Phil 2:14 "Do all things without complaining and disputing."
Additional references: Ps.19:14; 1 Cor.10:10; Eph.4:29; Phil. 4:11-13
Luke 12:15 "And He said to them, 'Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'"
Additional references: Prov.15:16-17; Prov.17:1; Col.3:5; 1 Tim.6:6
Defiance (a.k.a. being a 3 year-old:)
Prov. 30:17 "The eye that mocks a father, and scorns a mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it."
Additional references: Deut.21:18-21; 1 Sam.15:23; Prov.19:26; Prov.29:1
Col.3:20 "Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord."
Additional references: Ex.20:12; Prov.13:13; Prov.30:17; Eph.6:1,2
1 Cor. 14:40 "Let all things be done decently and in order."
Additional references: 1 Cor.11:34; 1 Cor.15:23
Eph.6:2-3 "Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth."
Additional references: Ex.20:12; Ex.21:15: Deut.27:16; Prov.3:35; Prov.20:20; Prov.30:17
Still to come in the next weeks - foolishness, friendlessness, gossip, inappropriate speech, inattentiveness, insensitivity, interrupting, lying, selfishness, stubborness, slothfulness, etc. As I have been typing these out, I think I might print a copy and tape it inside my kitchen cupboards for easy access in those moments when I'm faced with correcting the behavior of my kids. It may also be a big help for recognizing my own sinful habits that need to be overcome by the work of the Holy Spirit and God's living words.