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Friday: Further Study: Discipling Children — 3 Comments

  1. The youth and children are the future of a nation. "Grow a child in the way of the Lord, when he or she grows up will not depart from it."

    • the bible says "train a child in the way of the Lord and he/she will not depart from it" does not mean when the child gets older, the possibility the will not leave the church. But despite the leave the church and leave God, the scriptures will still be embedded in their minds, the cannot run from Jesus, the will remember what their parents taught them and what the learnt in church over the years.

  2. The quotation that has been referred to by Felis and Marva is:

    "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." Prov 22: 6 (KJV)

    Perhaps we should also consider an alternative interpretation of this passage:

    If you train a child in the way he wants to go, then when he is old he will not depart from it.

    In other words if you let a child have his/her own way they are still going to want to have their own way when they are older.

    I am not a linguist or OT scholar so I am not going to argue that that interpretation is linguistically correct. However I know enough about child development to know that is how it works in life. One of the greatest joys of being a parent is to see children growing up from being largely self centered and learning to act on the basis of strong moral principal in the interest of others.

    An illustration: We had a serious incident between neighbors across the road from us and my son (who is a very shy person) quietly walked across the road and gently took control and helped to calm the situation. I was amazed - somewhere in his youth he had taken on board the lessons we had tried to teach him.


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