February 22, 2022 READING A PROVERB A DAY (PROVERBS 22) proverbs 22:6 , “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22 New Living Translation

Proverbs 22New Living Translation

22 Choose a good reputation over great riches;
    being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.

The rich and poor have this in common:
    The Lord made them both.

A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
    The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.

True humility and fear of the Lord
    lead to riches, honor, and long life.

Corrupt people walk a thorny, treacherous road;
    whoever values life will avoid it.

Direct your children onto the right path,
    and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Just as the rich rule the poor,
    so the borrower is servant to the lender.

Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster,
    and their reign of terror will come to an end.[a]

Blessed are those who are generous,
    because they feed the poor.

10 Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.
    Quarrels and insults will disappear.

11 Whoever loves a pure heart and gracious speech
    will have the king as a friend.

12 The Lord preserves those with knowledge,
    but he ruins the plans of the treacherous.

13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there!
    If I go outside, I might be killed!”

14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap;
    those who make the Lord angry will fall into it.

15 A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness,
    but physical discipline will drive it far away.

16 A person who gets ahead by oppressing the poor
    or by showering gifts on the rich will end in poverty.

Sayings of the Wise

17 Listen to the words of the wise;
    apply your heart to my instruction.
18 For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart
    and always ready on your lips.
19 I am teaching you today—yes, you—
    so you will trust in the Lord.
20 I have written thirty sayings[b] for you,
    filled with advice and knowledge.
21 In this way, you may know the truth
    and take an accurate report to those who sent you.

22 Don’t rob the poor just because you can,
    or exploit the needy in court.
23 For the Lord is their defender.
    He will ruin anyone who ruins them.

24 Don’t befriend angry people
    or associate with hot-tempered people,
25 or you will learn to be like them
    and endanger your soul.

26 Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt
    or put up security for someone else.
27 If you can’t pay it,
    even your bed will be snatched from under you.

28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers
    set up by previous generations.

29 Do you see any truly competent workers?
    They will serve kings
    rather than working for ordinary people.

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Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go

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Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Notice that the Lord doesn’t tell us to teach a child, but instead, we are to train a child. That means we are to mold into shape by discipline and practice. How do we do that?

Love Children

Some folks think you spell love M-O-N-E-Y. I think you spell it T-I-M-E. And not only time, but also we show love when we tell children we love them. Over and over again, tell them that you love them. That may sound corny, but do it!

Children also need your touch. When you walk past them, give them a pat or place your hand on their shoulder. There is a bumper sticker that says, “Kids need hugs, not drugs.” That’s good! So many young people who are on drugs have never had somebody demonstrate love to them in that way.

Lift Children

Children need encouragement. Colossians 3:21say, “Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” Don’t put them down, lift them up instead.

Now, let me clarify an important distinction between praising and encouraging children. Praising a child tends to focus on performance. Encouragement, instead, focuses on worth.Encouragement tells a child that he or she is valuable in the sight of God.

Limit Children

Children will tell you that they don’t want limits. Don’t believe them. If you don’t set limits, a child unconsciously feels rejected. Even in the Garden of Eden, God set limits not to dampen the spirits of Adam and Eve, but to show His wise provision for all that they needed.

And keep in mind that children will push against limits. If you give in, then the boundary collapses and security is lost. Giving children limits helps them learn that the world has consequences.

When our children were small, they would constantly ask, “Why can’t we do this? Our friends are.” And we would tell them, “When those people raise children as fine as ours, then maybe we’ll start doing what they’re doing.”

Lead Children

I have heard parents tell their children, “Don’t do as I do; do as I say.” Well, I think that is double-talk to a child. We must imitate Christ when it comes to training our children. Jesus practiced what He preached. He lived it. He taught it.

A young father told me a story about a situation that happened with his son when he talked back to his mother. He said to his son, “Son, you sinned against God, because you broke one of His commandments. And not only that, but you also disrespected your mother. When you disobeyed God, that’s between you and God. When you sassed your mother, that’s between you and your mother. But the woman you sassed is not only your mother; she’s my wife. Now, you’re going to have to deal with me because you have disrespected my wife.”

We need to hear more fathers tell their children, “You’re not going to talk that way to my wife, any more than I’d let any one else talk that way.”

Laugh With Children

Your home ought to be the happiest place on earth. It should be the place where all the other kids want to hang out. You say, “Well, if all the kids hang out here, they’ll ruin my couch, they’ll get my rug dirty, they’ll eat everything in the refrigerator.” Wonderful! What’s worth more? Your rug, your couch, your groceries, or your children?

When your home is the gathering place, you get to check out the guests! You can hear what they say, watch how they act, and see how they dress. You can see who is keeping company with your kids.

Let your house ring with laughter, for the Bible says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22a). Our children were often asked what it was like to live in a preacher’s house. What does he do? Does he go around the house and wave the Bible around and preach? I’m not sure, but I would say we probably had more laughs than the average house due to the joy of the Lord.

These simple things will go a long way in helping you learn how to raise some young champions for Jesus.


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