Guide To Child Training Continues:
3. POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT:
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the LORD.”
Ephesians 6:4 KJV
You should not deliberately discourage your children with criticism, bitter words, cruel physical punishment or with the neglect of your love 💗. A perfect example is God The Father of us all. Many parents have treated their children in the ways described above and these children have been embittered rather than encouraged.
When children are confined to the home and are never given opportunity to play, they become discouraged. The attitude of always comparing a particular child with another child is a wrong one that leads to discouragement. Again, many parents never say anything positive about their children with the excuse that those children might be overindulged. They believe that saying loving and appreciative words to their children will make those children take them for granted. But this is very far from the truth.
As a parents you should know that children thrive on positive encouragement, they are not spoilt by it. Even our LORD JESUS Christ, the Son Of God, received a positive encouragement from His Father. You will recall that when He was coming out of the water after His Baptism God The Father said of Him, “And lo a voice from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 3:17 KJV.
If God The Father saw the need to positively encourage His Son, don’t you think that your children would thrive on positive encouragement from you? As a parents we must cultivate the habit of encouraging our children.
4. PROMPT EXPLANATION: “For whom the LORD loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.”
Hebrews 12:6 KJV.
It is wrong to correct or discipline children without explaining to them what is wrong with their action. Neglecting your child or withdrawing your love 💗 from him after correction could be disastrous. We should learn from God. For every time He chastises is for a wrong action, we will find the reason He did so in His Word. Sometimes, He even takes the pain to show you Himself- this He does by ministering directly to your heart 💔.
When you correct or punish, explain why. Sacrifice the time, take the pain to explain to your child the reason for his punishment. And do so promptly.
5. PLEASANT EXPERIENCES:
“And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!”
Luke 15:17 KJV
Genuine parental love 💗 for children leave unforgettable pleasant experiences in their memory when they grow older or when they go away from home 🏡. Do you know why the prodigal son came back from where he went? It was because he remembered the pleasant experiences he had while at home 🏠.
A child whose life has been filled with pleasant experiences will grow up to find fulfilment in life. Planting little flowers 🌷 of pleasant experiences in the lives of our children is part of the training which we are supposed to give them. They will never forget these experiences when they grow older.
It is our duty as a Christian parent to create in the home 🏡 a proper context for the development of our children. The home 🏠 should be to the children the most attractive place in the world 🌍 and the mother’s presence, the greatest attraction.
6. PROFITABLE EXERCISE:
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8 KJV.
Children need to exercise both the body and the mind. To do this profitably, they need parental guidance and supervision. With parental direction, supervision and sometimes participation, they become strong and well Co-ordinated, as well as develop team spirit and important social values.
They also learn to be creative through purposeful, profitable and guided exercise. If we deny our children the opportunity to train bodily and mentally we are denying them the opportunity of growing up properly. We should allow our children to participate in activities that build up physically and mentally. It is profitable unto them.
To Be Continued next month if our LORD JESUS Tarries in His coming.
Until then, Be Rapture Ready. Don’t be caught unawares.
JESUS LOVES 💗 YOU!
But He hates sin, sinners must repent and be converted.
Mrs Angelinah Olubunmi Peters
My LORD JESUS Is Alive In me