Scripture not Sermons

I have been reading boolike “The Strong Willed Child” and “How to have a HEART for your child”.  I want to know how to best discipline my children and how to love them and raise them to love God.  Ultimately, if we are godly parents then our children obey God because they obey us.  In the “How to have a HEART for your children” it talks mostly about a woman and her journey through becoming a homeschooling family.  In one of the first chapters she says to give your children “scripture and not sermons”.  That really stuck with me.  I have a tendency to lecture them when they do something wrong.  There is nothing more powerful than God’s Word.  Hebrews 4:12 says that “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” If God’s Word can do that then it can surely teach my children how to behave and to treat each other. I took this advise and started using the verse “Do not repay evil for evil”.  This applies to the kid that hit back because they were hit first.  This is a big problem among siblings.  I say it to the kids at least twice a week.

Well, this morning I realized that they do understand and have learned what it means.  Wilson was hitting me this morning and I got tired of it.  I finally gave him a little flick to the chest.  He said, “Hey, don’t do that!”.  I said, “Well, don’t hit me.  You don’t like it when I do it to you do you?”  Then he said, “Hey, don’t repay evil for evil!”.  Can you believe that?!?!?!?  My two year old just quoted scripture to me so that I would do the right thing.  Amazing.  I am so glad that scripture really is taking a place in their heart, but a little humbled that he used it to correct me.

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