The studies and statistics have proven time and time again that involved dads have a positive influence over their children. The average dad can influence their children in a number of ways. One chance to do that is to listen to them. Luke 6:45 reminds us that the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart. Then use that as a springboard to mold their heart according to the Word.
Recently our family went through a season that has left everyone feeling rather stretched. On the upside, it became a wonderful opportunity to mold our children’s hearts. My husband and I talked about what we saw to be the problem after the boys had verbalized their frustrations, and we planned to talk to them the next day.
First, Justin taught them from the Word, addressing heart issues and explaining what God would have us to do instead. Then I decided that we needed to have some fun family time. We played the Sorry game. It’s a great way to put love and selflessness into practice! 😉
Relationships are difficult; they take work. The family unit who exists by sulking is merely surviving, but the family that addresses matters of the heart with the Word will thrive. I hope this post will help families as we choose to sow the Word and reap blessing and life.
Justin taught from a few scriptures emphasizing peace, love, and getting along. Here’s a framework for you to build upon when imparting virtues into your kids (or even yourself):
1. Love. If there is anything that we could teach, it’s love. Jesus commanded us to love one another. Love is a choice. When we love one another it means we are putting the other person first. When we love each other the world will see that we belong to Jesus (John 13:34-35).
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:9-13 NASB
2. Peace. Justin has made it a conviction that he lives by to put Ephesians 4:3 into practice. Endeavor to keep the unity. To endeavor means to work diligently. When a disagreement arises among siblings, endeavor to keep the peace. Instead of arguing, choose to be a peace maker.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 KJV
3. Getting along. We all know that kids are naturally selfish. An example of a selfish squabble between your kids is probably not far from your mind. One kid wants to do one thing, the next wants to play something different. Or slightly different. Or not just exactly how they want it to be played. In that instance, ask the question, “Is that selfish? Or selfless?”
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4 NASB
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Pause for a moment and think about what has been coming out of your kids’ mouths (or your own!). Identify if it lines up with Scripture. If you aren’t sure, try a key word search through one of the links on my Bible Studying page. What verses could be applied?
Your kids and grandkids are the next generation. Why should you impart virtues into them? You know them probably better than anyone else. You see what their struggles are. When an area they need instruction in is evident to you, then prepare to teach them (Duet. 11:19). Go to God in prayer. Go to the Word. Use resources. Like this blog. 😉 Check out the other free Imparting Virtues lessons.
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