“Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”
— Deuteronomy 6:6-7
When parents study the Bible, they need to not only discover interesting facts but also learn the moral implications of believing in God and how to please Him. In the Bible, God has given us commands to obey for our own good and the good of others. When we take God’s commands to heart, it means we commit ourselves to obeying God and His commands as quickly as we learn them. If we refuse to practice the commands we say we believe, God can give us over to depraved minds, and our thinking and behavior can go from bad to worse (see Romans 1:18-32).
God tells parents to be good examples and also teach the Bible and the commands of God to their children. Parents and children can learn to recite the Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20) and the Beatitudes (see Matthew 5). Parents need to talk to their children about how to apply what they are learning from the Bible when they are at home and when they are away from home. The good behavior of their children can bring delight to everyone they meet. Parents need to teach their children how practical, reasonable, right and God-honoring the commands of God are in everyday life situations, when their children get ready for bed at night and after they wake up to begin a new day.
— L.G. Parkhurst Jr.
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