The Parent Race: Teaching Our Children - Day 3
Lord, thank you for the truth in your Word that guides us in our interpersonal relationships. Amen
Read: Proverbs 3:29-30; 15:3-4 (NIV)
“Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. Do not accuse anyone for no reason— when they have done you no harm.”
“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”
You’ve probably heard, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and this couldn’t be further from the truth. Verse 4 in The Message warns that, “Kind words heal and help, cutting words wound and maim.” I was a very chubby (fat) youngster and was called many unflattering names. While I have slimmed down since then, the scars are still there, and I still see myself as heavy. Our challenge as parents and grandparents is to help our children realize that the words they say to others can hurt deeply and cause lasting harm, and while we may not think anyone sees us, God does keep watch on the good and the bad. Verse 3 in The Message says, “GOD doesn’t miss a thing— he’s alert to good and evil alike.” He knows when we are abusing others with our words.
We must communicate and model to our children how important it is to build others up with our words. Romans 12:17b-18 says, “Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Strive to model for our children respectful and kind words toward others.
God, help me to consistently present a model for my children of how others are to be treated. In Jesus’ name, Amen.