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1201 – Bring Up Your Children in the Lord 在主里养育你们的儿女

Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV) And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

As Christians, we need to have the right priorities in order to fully live our lives based on the Christian values that we profess. We need to put God first in our lives, and then prioritise our family and children over our work. As parents, we are stewards of the children that God has given to us. We have a unique role to play and God has entrusted us with a responsibility to bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.

Quiet time with our children during the formative years of their lives is so precious. Not only will it build them up emotionally, but they will also have a sense of security that can only be provided through their parents, which nobody else—not their teachers, grandparents or caretakers—and no amount of money can replace. Once they are gone, those formative days of their childhood will never come back. These are the golden days when we get the opportunity to sow into their lives and build our relationships with them so that we can have the right to speak into their lives later on, especially when they are teenagers.

We all live very busy lives these days. If it is not work, there are always other activities which compete for our time, but it is important that we give priority to our children and deny ourselves those less important activities so that we can invest our time in what is truly important. There are always urgent matters to deal with, but what is urgent is not necessarily important, and we need to distinguish between the two! Parenting belongs to the important category and it cannot be outsourced.

Sending our children to Sunday School or a Christian school are good, but ultimately, parents are the ones that God wants to educate their own children with Christian values. Scripture assures us that if we do that, they will not depart from them when they are old.

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV) Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

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在主里养育你们的儿女

以弗所书6:4你们作父亲的,不要惹儿女的气,只要照着主的教训和警戒养育他们。

作为基督徒,我们需要有正确的优先次序,好教我们在所信奉的基督教价值观的基础上充分活出我们的生命。我们需要把上帝放在我们生命的第一位,然后把家庭和孩子放在工作之上。作为父母,我们是上帝所赐给我们的孩子的管家。我们要扮演一个独特的角色,神已经将在主的教训和教导中养育他们的责任委托给了我们。

在孩子成长的岁月里,与他们有宁静相处的时刻是如此珍贵。这不仅能在情感上造就他们,而且还能给他们一种只有从父母那里才能获得的安全感,这是任何其他人——老师、祖父母或看护人——都无法取代的。一旦他们离开了,那些构成他们童年的日子就再也不会回来了。在这样的黄金时光中,我们得以在他们的生命中撒种,与他们建立关系,这样我们就在他们今后的生命中有话语权,尤其是在他们的青少年时期。

如今我们都过着非常忙碌的日子。不是工作就是其他的活动挤占我们的时间,但重要的是我们要优先考虑我们的孩子,拒绝那些不太重要的活动,这样我们才能把时间投入到真正重要的事情上。要处理的紧急事总归会有,但是急事不一定重要,我们需要区分这两者! 养育子女属于重要事项,不能外包。

把孩子送到主日学或基督教学校是好的,但归根结底,上帝要的是由父母亲自来把基督教的价值观灌输给自己的孩子。圣经担保:如果我们这样做了,就是到老他们也不会偏离这些个价值观。

箴言22:6 教导孩童,使他走当行的道,就是到老他也不偏离。

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