Hi mama! Today I want to talk about our task as Christian mothers and give some tips on how to train children in God’s ways.
I’m not writing this as someone who has all the answers or does all these perfectly in all situations, but as a mama who needs to grow in putting these things into practise.
These tips are based on areas God has been speaking to me about, and things I’ve noticed have helped my children learn more about God.
Here are 7 tips on how to train our children in God’s ways.
7 Tips On How To Train Children In God’s Ways
1. Lead by example
By living a life that is in line with God’s word, you can show your children how to live a godly life.
If you teach, but don’t live accordingly, your teaching will have little impact. I know I’ve done this! And it’s only by God’s power at work within us, that we can live according to God’s word and then teach by example.
2. Teach them about God’s love
One of the most important things that children can learn is that God loves them unconditionally. This is so important.
One of the main ways you can do this is by teaching them the Gospel of God’s redemption over and over again, especially when your kids do something sinful. Teach them about God’s grace for us as sinners and how Jesus took all our sin and shame on the cross, and rose to give us new life!
3. Make prayer and Bible reading a regular part of your daily rhythms
By praying together as a family and reading the Bible together, you can help your children understand the importance of a personal relationship with God.
In our family, we do prayers every night before bed, and then we have regular family meetings when we have dinner, read a passage from the Bible, my husband and I ask questions to get the children to think about the story and the application, then we all pray together.
4. Encourage your kids to have their own relationship with God
As children grow, they will have to make their own choices about their faith.
Encourage them to ask questions, explore the Bible, and develop their own personal relationship with God. Encourage them to pray about what’s worrying them, and to say thank you to God each time He answers their prayers.
You can also do this with situations you’re going through as a family: a house move, school or job changes, a loved one dying, etc. Pray about these together, and then thank God together when you see answers.
5. Take your kids to church gatherings
Regularly meeting with church members and participating in Bible study, worship, prayer, and missional activities can help children learn about God in a community setting.
It’s in the church gathering that they will learn about corporate worship, prayer, and Bible study, as well as love and service between the members of the body.
Not only that, but gathering with the church is a clear command and one we must follow as a family in order to show our reverence for God’s word (Hebrews 10:25).
6. Discipline in love
Discipline is an important part of raising godly children, and it should be done in a way that is in line with God’s teachings.
If you need help with this, go over Biblical teachings about how to live a godly life, and then pass on those teachings to your children.
When you discipline your children according to Biblical godliness, make sure that you do so in love and grace. This will help your children learn right from wrong and grow in their faith as to God’s amazing grace towards us as sinners.
7. Be open to questions
As children grow older and develop, they will have many questions about God, faith, and the world around them. Be open to their questions and help them find the answers they are seeking.
You can commit to looking for the answers together. Make sure you don’t make any subjects “taboo”. Instead, when faced with a difficult question, pray for God’s wisdom, and take your time to think about and develop a good Biblically sound answer.
By doing these things in God’s grace, we’ll help our children develop a strong spiritual foundation that will guide them throughout their lives. While training children in God’s ways is a long process, if we do so patiently, consistently and lovingly, we will see fruit.