Proverbs 22:3 (NLT) 3 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
Proverbs 4:14-15 (KJV) 14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away
Teaching our children to avoid certain things and people is wise. It keeps them safe, but we also need to make sure that we are not creating a spirit of fear to come upon them. We must make sure that we are teaching them in love. That we are showing them God’s perfect love that casts out all fear. That they understand boundaries and consequence. Who ever said parenting was easy?!
1 John 4:18 (KJV) 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
So the only way to create a healthy understanding of rules is to model a behavior of following rules (setting an example), setting the atmosphere with your behavior/attitude, and teaching all things in love. I know it is easier said than done, but with God’s help all things are possible!
Father, we thank You for the wisdom of Your Word. That everything we have questions for, You have an answer. Show us how to search Your word out to find all the answers we seek. Give us understanding in our journey as parents. Show us how to raise our children in your perfect love so they may be bold and courageous yet prudent and wise. Make us thermostats that keep a balanced temperature in our homes. Forgive us for overreacting and behaving badly in front of our children and most of all before you. Teach us how to respond to every circumstance in order to bring You glory. Give us the grace we need to be model parents. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!