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Training the child in God’s way: are parents up to the task? | Article by YakekponoAbasi Adams

The home is the beginning for the teaching of the gospel. These include the doctrine of repentance, faith, baptism, gifts of the Holy Spirit, etc. Parents should teach their children
the power of prayer to strengthen them to be morally clean in this challenging world. Parents should not allow their children to march out the front door each morning to face Satan and his myriad of temptations, without spiritual backup from prayer. Night prayer is also of utmost importance. Teach your children the routine of prayer.
Another meaningful thing is to direct their time into productive gospel-oriented efforts by being loving, but firm. There may be initial resistance and complaining but you need to have the vision and will to stick with it. Parents are the immediate role models of their children. As a parent who
smokes, cheat, lies and indulges in other immoral conduct, have you asked yourself what you are indirectly teaching your children? When your child decides to stay back from church, it is your responsibility to make he/she aware of the essence of church service. Charity begins at home, they say.

I beseech parents to take it upon themselves to raise leaders of tomorrow, not menace to the society.

It is time for parents to ask themselves: “do our children receive our best spiritual, intellectual and creative efforts? Or do they just receive our leftover time and talents, after we have given our all to our church calling or professional pursuits?” Father and mother are titles that will continue to be revered, worlds without end.
One may ask, “how about orphans?” I would like to make it clear that the context in which I am using ‘parent’ in this article does not mean ‘a person from whom one is immediately biologically descended; a mother or father.’ I am referring to you who may be a friend, a brother, an uncle or a neighbor. You can also assist in raising up that orphan in God’s way and God will reward you real big.
As parents, you can proceed with the assurance that God never gives us a responsibility without offering divine aid. You might have not been doing these things. Do not give up; nobody is perfect and it is not late. Where there is a will, there is a way. Ask God for guidance and HE WILL NOT FAIL YOU. I pray that you may, in your role as parents, in partnership with God, become the prime gospel teachers and examples for your children, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


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