The following thought provoking phrases hopefully challenge you to consider the things you do or may say to your children during the years ahead as they spiritually develop.
“If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.” (Ephesians 4:29)
“If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.” (I Cor. 14:4)
“If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence. (Phil. 1:6)
“If children live with praise, they learn to appreciate.” (Matthew 5:13)
“If children live with security, they learn to have faith.” (2 Timothy2:13)
In a teachable moment with your children, make a chart (on a big poster board) that will be visible to the whole family for a week’s time. Have each of your children write down three remarks they do not like to hear from other family members. Then have them write down five comments they love to hear. During the course of the week, have each family mark on the board each time one of these remarks or comments are made. Hopefully at the end of the week, each family member will have a number of checks by the positive comments they love to hear.
Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ, Jesus.”
Ephesians 4: 26 “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.”
Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such If Children Live
word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
I Cor. 13: 4 “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant.”
Phil. 1: 6 “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Matthew 5: 13 “You are the salt of the earth…”
2 Timothy 2: 13 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”