Does your home reflect God’s love? Are you patient, graceful, and gentle or brash, irritable, and quarrelsome? Your answer to these questions will play a role in how your children see your faith. Our homes should reflect His grace, love, and His character. This not only effects children now, but later on in life. Studies supports this notion and have found that love and warmth within a person’s upbringing plays the most significant role on adult happiness and relationship steadiness later in life. As parents, we must show God’s love, even when we find it difficult. When we fail to do so, we are not living out what we find in the Word. Remember, Jesus said that is by our love that we tell the world we belong to Him.
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35)
8. Parents don’t have a prayer life.
Prayer is a vital part of the Christian faith. Without prayer, we will struggle to hear from God and feel peace in our everyday lives. Yet, our children should know that we are a safe place for them to come when they need prayer. If they only see us pray at mealtime or as an afterthought, they may come doubt our faith. In our homes, we have an opportunity to pray for our children every chance we get. From when our children are leaving to go to school or when they are making a choice that will affect their lives, we get the privilege of partnering with them with prayer. If we neglect to pray, or our children have never seen us pray, we can expect that they won’t see the value in it as well. What a victory it will be when our children run to us for prayer or pray for us in a troubling time!
Overall, we can encourage our children to love the Lord with each interaction we have with them. From choosing to walk in humility to placing them in the company of other believers and praying for them, we can show them that following Christ is the best choice they can ever make.
“These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
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