To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself. It is hard for parents to lead a child in the straight & narrow way when they're on the other route. Children need models more than they need critics. Training a child is like painting a masterpiece. You will surely reap in your children exactly what you sow, especially if you don't discipline them! --That's your job as a parent, to train up your child in the way he should go. Capture the youth & you've conquered the future! It often happens that the apple of a parent's eye is the kid who is rotten to the core. Many parents are so anxious to give their children what they didn't have, that they neglect to give them what they did have. ON CHILDREN: “ Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5
God gives us the basics… Be they body, brain or brawn, Then looks at how we use'em, and how we're adding on! A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing. Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. God doesn't judge you by how successful you are, but by how faithful you are. Faithful people are people who are full of faith. The more the Lord finds He can trust you with, the more He gives you. To be "found faithful" means loyal, believing & obedient! “ A faithful man shall abound with blessings.” Proverbs 28:20 ON FAITHFULNESS:
Forgiveness is the noblest revenge. A good memory is fine--but the ability to forget is the true test of greatness. It is only the forgiving who are qualified to receive forgiveness. One of the great arts of living is the art of forgetting. Before you flare up at someone's faults, take time to count ten --ten of your own. You have a tremendous advantage over the person who slanders you or does you a willful injustice: you have it within your power to forgive that person. Regret can be an appalling waste of energy-- you can't build on it. So acknowledge your sin, accept forgiveness, & get on with living for His honor & glory. ON FORGIVENESS: “ If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14.
Everything must be judged from the standpoint of love. Love is more than righteousness, & mercy is greater than justice! By the law we are judged for our sins & condemned to die & suffer. But Jesus came to save us by love, by His grace, by His mercy, showing that love & mercy are greater than the law. If you go back to the law even on one point, you are obligated to keep the whole law! (James 2:10 ) God's Law is love , not cold, rigid, traditional, self-righteous service. The Love of God is greater than His Laws! --His mercy supersedes His justice! “ Love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10 ON GOD’S LAW: