When we think about the raising of children this verse always comes to mind; Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
In the Bible we have the example of two couples who could not have a child. Both were blessed by God, and given a baby boy, and both were told that their child would be set apart for God from the womb, but that is where the similarities end.
In the Old Testament we can read about Samson’s life in Judges 13-16. During his childhood his parents gave into his pleas, giving him anything he wanted. This is evidenced by the fact that as an adult, he did not control his desires but did whatever he wanted, disrespecting the Nazirite vow.
In the New Testament we can read about John the Baptist. During his childhood he was taught to reverence God. We know this because he denied himself of the pleasures of life in order to be closer to God. And when Jesus came on the scene he even said in John 3:30, “He must increase, I must decrease.”
One of the key’s to raising godly children in the ways of the Lord is to teach them self control.
Titus 2:11-13, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Father, help us to teach our children self-control as we also display self control in our daily lives. In Jesus name, amen.