Teaching Our Children

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. -Deuteronomy 6:5-7

One of our primary responsibilities as parents is to teach our children the way of the Lord. Scripture tells us that this should be a constant and on-going process: “[You] shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (v. 7).

Jesus said that the law hung on two commandments: love the LORD God and love your neighbor (Matt. 22:27–40). These words Jesus says in Matthew come right before He references the command given in Deuteronomy to be followed by all and faithfully taught to future generations. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deut. 6:5). We are to impart this principle to our children above all else.

What are we teaching our children? Are we living in such a way that our children will be drawn to the Lord? May our words and our actions bring honor to the Lord and life to our children as we lead them in His ways.