Abel was led by the Spirit of God to offer a sacrifice that pleased God, which resulted in God acknowledging and supporting him even after his death. However, Cain insincerely offered his sacrifice to God, which was rejected. Therefore, it’s crucial to expose children to God’s Word, as disobedience and deceit can lead to negative consequences, as exemplified by Cain’s punishment of becoming a fugitive and wanderer. By teaching children about God’s Word, we can help them avoid such troubles.
God gave His Word to us freely. Therefore, it is our duty to pass them on to our children. We are bound to transfer whatever we heard from God to our children. We must testify of the goodness of God and benefits of true obedience before our children. We are to show our children the effectiveness of God’s power, His strength and His ways. God’s wonderful works, as established in our testimonies, are our children’s inheritance, which we must give to them.
“Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying”(Proverbs 19:18).
“6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. 15Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. 17Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge”(Proverbs 22:6, 15-17).
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“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”(2 Timothy 3:14-15).
God has instructed parents to discipline their children with love and not to spare them when they go astray. Refusing to correct a child who has become arrogant and disobedient is equivalent to surrendering them to the devil. God’s Word mandates that we teach our children the right way to live and prevent them from growing up foolishly. This involves using corrective measures when necessary. As parents, it is crucial to ensure that our children continue to follow the path of righteousness that they have been taught from a young age.
“Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised there by”(Hebrews 12:9-11).
When you teach a child to follow the way of the Lord and how to obey parents and elders, such child would do so all through his or her lifetime. We must carry out this divine discipline in our homes. If parents could do their duties towards their children well, nations would be at peace. You may not see the immediate reward for chastising a child but with time, it brings peace.