How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word.
Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? How blessed are you parents, with your lives full of children! Your enemies don’t stand a chance against you. Parents rejoice when their children turn out well. Wise children become proud parents. Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with Him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us. Love like that.
Tell the next generation detail by detail the story of God. Love your children by disciplining them. An appetite for good brings much satisfaction, but the belly of the wicked always wants more. A good life gets passed on to your grandchildren. So point your kids in the right direction and when they’re old they won’t be lost. Discipline them, and they’ll turn out delightful to live with. And, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.
PRAYER Just for today Lord teach me to love my children as You love me. Show me how to be Your example to them so they too will want to follow your ways, live good clean lives, and seek Your will for them.