While having rules and regulations in our household is good, we need to be careful not to fall into legalism. Sometimes it’s easy to pass on our personal convictions to our children and those around us. It is important to let God’s Word be the measure we use in determining whether something is right or wrong. If all we give our children is a long list of do’s and don’ts and not a Biblical explanation of our requirements of them then we are teaching our children to be legalistic and neglecting to teach them to think Biblically. I can’t count how many times I’ve fallen into this trap with my children. When I was a child I would always ask why I couldn’t do something and would get the response “because I said so”. How often do we as parents say this! Instead of responding with “because I said so”, teach your children what God says by opening up the Bible. This teaches your child to think Biblically- something that will benefit them for a lifetime! A good concordance will help when looking up scripture that relates to a particular issue you are dealing with in the home. Moses commands God’s people to teach our children God’s Word:
when we sit in our house- around the dinner table, during family devotions.
when we walk by the way- while we are cooking supper, cleaning up the house, planting a garden, taking a walk.
when we lie down- before the kids go to sleep at night we can talk about God’s goodness and faithfulness right before we say our prayers.
when you rise up- Pray with your children, read God’s Word during breakfast, memorize scripture.
I think this pretty much means we are to teach our children the Truths of God all the time and make the most of every opportunity.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two–edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Deuteronomy 6:7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.