NURTURE YOUR CHILDREN Ephesians 6
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (v4)
We keep being shocked by stories of children killing teachers and other children in school and then turning the gun on themselves. Two boys, aged twelve and thirteen, beat a man to death outside a conveyance store just for the pleasure of watching him die. Another boy shot a man sitting in a car at a stop sign. When asked why, he replied, “Because he looked at me.” What is causing this? Easy access to gun? Hours spent watching violent videos? Those may be factors. But after extensive research, scientists are concluding that violent videos? Those may be factors. But after extensive research, scientists are concluding that violent behaviour is often related to early childhood abuse and neglect. When a baby spends three days or more in dirty diapers or when children are burned, beaten, or ignored their blood is filled with stress hormones bombard and damage the brain of those children. So for the rest of their lives they will not think and feel what others do. They actually lose the capacity to empathize with those who suffer. The same research has concluded that babies and young children are incredibly vulnerable between birth and three years of age. If their families don’t protect them, love and care for them, society will pay a terrible price for it in years to come. The Bible uses the word “nurture.” It means to love, protect, encourage, compliment, and try to bring out the best in your child. (TWFT).
PRAYER LINE: They are buds of hope and promise, Possessed by Him whose name is Love: Lent us here to raise and nourish For a better life above – Crosby
Failure to discipline our children is a failure to love them.