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The Word For Today

Teach your child God's Word

'From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures.' 2 Timothy 3:15 NIV

There's a story about a woman who came to her pastor and said, 'How early should I start the spiritual training of my child?' The pastor asked, 'How old is the child?' She answered, 'Five.' He replied, 'Lady, get busy - you're already five years late!' Psychologists confirm that your child's capacity and hunger for knowledge begins at infancy.

So while they are in the listening stage, you should be in the teaching stage. Take every opportunity to read the Bible to them. Use everyday experiences to teach them what God's Word has to say about the 'Golden Rule', how to be polite, how to forgive, and how to confess and repent of sin. Never underestimate God's ability to develop spiritual character and teach spiritual truths to your children, even at a very early age. While their heart is still young and tender, introduce them to Jesus. Some of the greatest Christians in history were saved at an early age. Jonathan Edwards, whose ministry shook New England for God, was saved at the age of eight. Charles Spurgeon, 'the prince of preachers', was saved at the age of 12. Matthew Henry, the great Bible commentator, was saved at the age of 11. Timothy was an apostle, it is believed, by the time he was 17. Paul writes, 'From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus' (2 Timothy 3:15 NIV).

Yes, your child can understand the basic truths about salvation. And they can come to know Christ at an early age.

Soulfood: Rom 1:1-3:20, John 8:12-30, Ps 133, Prov 29:15-18


Righteous anger 2

'Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.' Isaiah 5:20 NKJV

Did you know that God himself gets angry? The Bible says, 'The Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice' (1 Kings 11:9 NKJV). Often change begins with righteous anger. Aristotle once said: 'Anybody can become angry; that's easy. But to be angry with the right person... to the right degree... at the right time... for the right purpose, and in the right way ...that's not easy.' But it is possible! A person who always gets angry is foolish, but a person who never gets angry is lacking in moral courage. Henry Ward Beecher said: 'A man who doesn't know how to be angry, doesn't know how to be good. A man who doesn't know how to be shaken to his heart's core with indignation over things evil, is either a fungus or a wicked man.'

Here are four things that we ought to get angry over: (1) A sex-crazed, profanity-filled movie and television industry that's polluting the minds of young and old alike. (2) Cowardly politicians who do what's politically expedient instead of what's morally right. (3) Injustice done to others because of the colour of their skin or their economic status. (4) Your children when they openly defy you.

However, a word of warning: 'Don't go to bed angry' (Ephesians 4:26 CEV). So, clearly explain the rules of the house, consistently enforce those rules, but make sure that your child knows you love them and have only their best interest at heart. They may not understand it at the time, but they will appreciate it later.

Soulfood: Is 63-66, John 8:1-11, Ps 99, Prov 29:11-14


Righteous anger 1

'Be angry, and do not sin.' Ephesians 4:26 NKJV

There's a right way and a wrong way to handle your anger. Moses handled his anger the wrong way and it cost him the Promised Land. Jesus handled his anger the right way, and those who took advantage of the poor were exposed and thrown out of the temple. The Scripture, 'Be angry, and do not sin' (Ephesians 4:26 NKJV) means instead of just complaining about the problem, you're supposed to do something about it. Instead of walking around on a slow burn and keeping those around you on pins and needles, get to the core of your anger and express it the right way.

Pastor and author Dr Jack Hyles wrote about how his child was assigned to read a book in school - one that was filled with foul language and questionable situations. The more Dr Hyles perused the book, the angrier he got. Eventually he marched up to the principal's office and politely but firmly said, 'My son is not going to read this book: he'll be assigned a different book to read, and he will not be marked down because of it.' The principal, taken aback and attempting to argue with Dr Hyles, said, 'But...' Dr Hyles interrupted and said softly but sternly, 'No ifs, ands, or buts about it. He will not be forced to read this book, and he will be assigned another one. Is that clear?' The principal replied, 'All right, Dr Hyles, but I don't understand the fuss. After all, the language in that book is no worse than what's written on the bathroom walls.' Dr Hyles smiled and said, 'Yes, and when that becomes required reading - I'll be back!'

Soulfood: Is 58-62, John 7:45-53, Ps 115, Prov 29:7-10

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