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294 – Who’s Building Your Home?

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My wife and I are in the process of having a house built. We had to choose a contractor who was reliable and one who we believed we could trust. The same is true in building your own home in the house. We should be more concerned about how we build the home inside our houses than about building our houses. Many of the problems in America today are the result of multiple generations who have done a poor job of home building. We’re looking today at some ways to get this important home building business in America back on tract. These principles are more important than gun legislation that violates the constitution, government programs that try to address crimes after they have been committed, and psychologists’ renaming behaviors in an attempt to make them more socially acceptable. The need in America is for proper parenting!

In order to build your home well, you must inform your children about life. “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” (Prov. 22:6 NLT). This involves information, interaction, and instruction. “Discipline your children while you still have the chance; indulging them destroys them” (Prov. 19:18 The Message). God gives us great potential when He gives us a child to parent. To maximize it we must get an early start. We are to teach them when they are young. This starts before birth and continues throughout life. We also need to grasp their uniqueness. No two children are alike. Each is unique and special. Each is bent in a direction God wants them to be taken in. It is up to parents to discern what that is and do the things necessary to move them in that way. Trying to take a child in your way or his way will bring heartache and disappointment. God bends the child in the way He wants him or her to go. We need to go about informing our children imaginatively. “And then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night” (Deut. 6:7 The Message). Do your instruction imaginatively. Seize the teachable moments. Be creative! Get real with your kid(s). Admit when you make a mistake. We all make them. Don’t be hypocritical with your children. They’ll know if you are. Show them that mistakes can be forgiven, new beginnings are possible, failing is not failure. It is a great way to teach them that God forgives you and will forgive them.

In order to build your home well, you must improve your child through loving discipline. “A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them” (Prov. 13:24 The Message). Correction is better than corruption. And, it is much less painful to parents. Paul says we are to bring children up in the instruction of God (Eph. 6:4). That means that we are to instruct them in God’s Word. It is not the school’s business to do that. It is not the government’s business to do that. It is not even the church’s business to do that. It is primarily the parents’ responsibility to do that. Do it for love. As we just saw Solomon said, “love your children by disciplining them.” The reason we don’t discipline more is because it hurts us. We are lying if we say we love them too much to discipline them. We really love ourselves too much to do it. God disciplines us in love. We are to do the same with our kids. Do it for learning’s sake. “Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline” (Prov. 22:15 The Message). How true that is in today’s world. A little less video game and a little more vision of God would go a long way to correct the mindset and mentality of today’s kids. We wouldn’t have to worry about keeping a gun out of children’s hands if we taught them to have God in their hearts. We need to teach them to have respect for authority, and the authorities that exist need to learn to be respectable. Do it for later in life. We’ll do a lot of prospective marriage partners and potential bosses a great favor if we get this right. “Discipline your children; you’ll be glad you did— they’ll turn out delightful to live with” (Prov. 29:17 The Message). Do it for life eternal. “Don’t fail to correct your children; discipline won’t hurt them! They won’t die if you use a stick on them! Punishment will keep them out of hell” (Prov. 23:13 LB). No commentary needed! Do it for limits. You wouldn’t let a child stick an object in an electrical outlet. Don’t let them do worse by not informing them of the boundaries that are needed in a God-led home!

In order to build your home well, you must introduce your child to the way to eternal life. That is not your pastor’s responsibility! It is your responsibility parents! “Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord, and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way” (1 Pet. 3:15 LB). We do this by living the Christian life before our kids. We do it by loving them as Christ loves them and telling them how. We let the Holy Spirit do the convicting. We let God’s Word not the latest fad in parenting tips guide us. We learn Scripture and teach them to do so. We lay the plan of God for their lives before them when they are drawn by God’s Spirit and begin to seek. We log into heaven more than we log onto the Internet! They will see our priorities and make them theirs too! So who’s building your home?

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