I love my children intensely. The fact that the Lord loves them even more than I do is almost overwhelming. God is all about love. He is also all about obedience. The command to love the Lord is combined with a list of how we as parents are to raise our children in the faith, hope, and love of God.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 states, “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.”
Love God with everything you’ve got, heart, soul, and strength! In parenting classes, I often tell moms and dads, “Your children won’t do everything you say but they will do everything you do.” Yes, most everything. Unnerving at times? Most definitely! But it can be a good thing in laying a foundation of faith.
Live out your faith in Jesus in visible ways. Children learn from the everyday actions of the people around them, primarily family members. Let your children see you preparing for Bible study. Talk about what you’re studying and how you’re applying the lessons to your life. Get involved at church as a family or go on a mission trip. Let your kids see your faith in action so they can start putting their own faith into action.
In Deuteronomy 11, the command to teach our children well is repeated. I think God is serious about the way we raise our kids. Ultimately, they are His.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength.
By Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Wife to Scott, Mom of 2
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting