Prov. 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." God gives a Purpose, a Plan, a Path, a Promise and a Product in this verse. One of the reasons we have so much Spiritual, moral, emotional, and civil decay is the failure of parents to "train up" their children. Many parents are too busy with life and expect someone else to do what God has commanded them to do. The training up of many children is left to the teacher, the television and the entertainment industry. That is why Holiness, sobriety, purity, fidelity, humility, honesty and morality is looked upon so lightly.
"Train up" means "to narrow", "to initiate or discipline" , "to give instruction." This requires attention to several areas:
1. TALK TO THEM. Proverbs
Talk about Salvation. Talk about problems. Talk about friends.
Talk about Consecration. Talk about purity. Talk about fears.
Talk about Dedication. Talk about plans. Talk about future.
IF YOU DO NOT TALK WITH THEM, SOMEONE WILL!
2. TOUCH THEM. The personal touch of a parent cannot be overstated!
Touch them in their
sorrow...Let them know you feel their hurt.
Touch them in their sin...Prov. 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13; 29:15,17
These verses teach us that disciplinary action is required in child training. Notice: "rod of correction" in 22:15
Teach them in their social life! BE INVOLVED IN THEIR LIVES!
IF YOU DO NOT TOUCH THEIR LIVES, SOMEONE WILL!
3. TEACH THEM. Deut.
6:4-25; Eph. 6:4
Teach them to remember the LORD.
Teach them to remain loyal.
Teach them to reject other lords in their life.
Teach them to repent.
Teach them to Pray, Repent, Sing, Worship, Obey, to Forgive, to love, to give, to be modest and to work.
IF YOU DO NOT TEACH THEM, SOMEONE WILL!