A Matter of the Heart

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Recently, someone shared with me something they learned from their Sunday School teacher that profoundly resonated with me—he said, “We want to shepherd our children’s hearts, not just their behavior.” This simple statement immediately inspired in me a deeper understanding regarding a truly biblical view for raising children…one that would result in “train[ing] up a child in the way he should go, [so that] when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22: 6).

“Do not provoke your children to anger,

but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)

As in dealing with children, it is wise and God-honoring to approach others with the same regard and respect for their hearts, because out of our hearts flow all the issues of life.

…And if hearts have been properly nourished, cared for, and informed, issues of life can be victoriously addressed in a way that pleases the Lord.

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  1. Thank you so much for this teaching. When you have several children sometimes getting involved with behaviors is all I do. That verse in Proverbs says it all for me personally and especially my kids. Now that I think about it my entire life should be this way.

    Thank you!

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