Proverbs 1:10; "My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not".
Early in our children's lives enticements to sin always come to them. Friends will tempt them to join with their group to enjoy their fun which usually is the pleasures of sin. Being friends with ones that care nothing about what they do or whom they may hurt is one of the biggest mistakes our children make and even we as adults make.
In this verse it says "consent thou not' meaning you don't have to go with them, they can not force you to go with them. It is better to walk away and stay away from them than it is to be one of them. It is wise to tell children they don't have to join things like this, explain to them they have the right to walk away and why.
Proverbs 22:6; "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it".
Parents who raise their children in the Lord have less to worry about than the parents that have not taken the time to raise their children in the Lord. The world of today is a world full of evil and the children of godly parents can still be influenced by sin and give into it. Being raised in the Lord has taught them the ways of the Lord. Even some of the people of the Bible were God fearing but gave into sinful things.
We, as parents can rely on the Word of God and do as He has asked and told us to do. Training our children in the Lord is one way of trying to make sure our children go in the way they have been directed.
God has also told us to love and obey Him, follow his commands. We can help our children when they are under our care but once they leave we need to pray for the Lord's guidance at all times. Prayer is such an important and powerful thing to do for our loved ones, God not only hears but listens to each of our prayers.
We as adults and parents have a responsibility to our children and the children of others. We always need to be aware of what we are doing and saying. The eyes and ears of children are always watching and listening to us. We aren't supposed to tell them to do one thing and then we turn around and do another. This is being hypocritical and it confuses children. How are they supposed to learn if we do this?
Children have a tendency to look up to others and if we say something, perhaps not actually meaning what it might sound like to a child but none the less they think it is fine to say what this person has said. This may cause some trouble because the child didn't understand what this actually meant. So, BEWARE of what you say as there are children and adults around.
Just as saying something, our actions may not be what they appear to be to a child and they thinking it is okay will do it when in all truth it is completely wrong. This could cause a child to get in real trouble. I guess what I am trying to say is when an adult plays a joke on another and it appears to be okay when in reality it isn't. We need to BE AWARE of our actions.
Don't help a child be enticed by your words or actions. A child can be easily enticed in the world of today. We must help them be able to walk away from words and actions. Always be cautious of everything you say or do for the sake of children.
May you always know the love, joy, and peace of the Lord!
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