Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. Proverbs 4:1-2
The responsibility lays upon the parents to raise their children properly because they are the reason for their existence, not the children. When a child is born, he or she has physical natural instincts, other than that, they are totally ignorant of life. From the moment of birth, children learn what they are taught. If the parents raise their children in an environment of disorder, deception and hate, that will be the final product. If the parents teach them morality, love and truth, that will be the final product. However, be warned that wickedness prevails in this world and our children have a big target on them to allure them to its grasp. They are tender and easily deceived and the parents must guard them at all costs. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) Not everything goes as planned but the energy must be used to give them understanding of good and evil things in this world.
To produce honorable citizens and servants for Christ, parents must be involved in their children’s lives to point them with good instruction and Biblical doctrine. It is vital not only to teach them by our words but by example. The Word of God is the ultimate training manual and it must be instilled in their hearts. Some mothers sing hymns and read the Bible to their baby while still in the womb and continue after birth. God’s laws must be taught to them because they too, like us, will struggle with right and wrong. They need an anchor in God when we are not there to keep them from drifting into treacherous territory. In our day with all the wickedness that prevails, parents must not throw their children into the cage of sin; they may never come out and we know that – the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord. (Romans 6:23) Parents, where do you want to see your children in eternity?