In Mark 12:30 Jesus said, "And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
This is the greatest commandment of all. To Love God. So what is it that we teach out children to do first? Love God or Obey God?
Jay Younts of Shepherd Press Blog writes,
As parents we rightly focus on teaching our children to obey God. But, we must be more focused on teaching our children to love God first. This is where it is easy to turn away from the gospel in parenting.
Whether you read Deuteronomy, Matthew or Colossians, the first thing that God desires is that he is to be loved. Too often, when it comes to raising children, loving God is tacked on as an after thought to obedience. The thought process may run like this:
“I can’t force my children to love God, so I will teach them to obey, because I can require that.”
Teaching obedience appears to be a more doable task than teaching the love of God. After all, reaching the heart of your child appears to be way beyond our capacity. Of course, it is beyond your capacity, but not beyond God’s!
He offers some great thoughts on how to teach your kids to love God first and obeying Him out of that love HERE. This is great advice to keep the Gospel central in our parenting.
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