Relationships 101: Children
You must be very careful not to forget the things you have seen God do for you. Keep reminding yourselves, and teach your children and grandchildren as well. (Deuteronomy 4:9)
We love our children the way our Heavenly Father loves us when we:
1. Accept their uniqueness.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
2. Affirm their value.
What is the price of two sparrows- one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (Matthew 10:29-31)
3. Trust them with responsibility.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much… (Luke 16:10)
4. Correct without condemning.
For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. (Proverbs 3:12)
If you love your children, you will correct them; if you don’t love them, you won’t correct them. (Proverbs 13:24)
5. Love them unconditionally.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:7)