Raising Godly Children Is Not Easy

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If you’re a Christian mum, I’m sure there have been moments where you’ve wondered: ‘Am I really raising godly children? Or will my children most likely turn away from Jesus when they’re older?’

Truth be told, nobody (except God) really knows whether or not our children will remain faithful to Jesus. All we can do, is try the hardest we can, to be as close to our example Jesus, and pray that we may raise our children to be strong in the faith.

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wonder this question myself. Because some days, my daughter doesn’t want to listen to our Bible stories. Other days, she doesn’t seem to care one bit about our prayer time.

And yes, I know… she just turned 3. She’s still very young. But at the same time, I believe that you can’t start young enough.

There’s no time like the present, to start teaching your little ones about God. Because this world is growing more and more crazy by the day.

Maybe, I’m this ‘strict’ about it because I wasn’t raised a Christian.

I was raised as a Catholic who then (as a young adult) diverted to the New Age and occult world. I only came to Jesus when I was 35 years old (almost 5 years ago).

And although I feel grateful for this journey because I learned so many things – specifically about Satan – that other Christians are less aware of; I still feel like I missed out. I feel like I’m constantly catching up because time’s running out.

Bible prophecies are being fulfilled and Jesus will be here soon. We have to be ready, for He comes as a thief in the night {Revelation 16:15}.

So yes, when I see my little girl acting out like that and being disinterested, it worries me. I pray for her every day, that her faith may be build on the Rock. Sometimes, I see a glimpse of it. Other times not.

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What Are the Characteristics of a Godly Child?

What better way is there than to look for the answer to this question in God’s own Word.

According to the Bible, Godly children:

  • Grow up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord {Ephesians 6:4}
  • Have gained wisdom through reproof {Proverbs 29:15}
  • Show discipline {Proverbs 23:13}
  • Are prudent as they heed reproof {Proverbs 15:5}
  • Have great peace {Isaiah 54:13}
  • Know the Holy Scriptures, are competent and equipped for every good work {2 Timothy 3:14-17}
  • Walk in truth {3 John 1:4}
  • Are followers of God {Ephesians 5:1}
  • Have God’s commandments in their hearts {Deuteronomy 6:6}
  • Obey their parents in all things {Colossians 3:20 and Ephesians 6:1}
  • Have the fear of the Lord {Psalm34:11}

There may be more Scriptures that tell about the characteristics of a godly child, but this is already a decent guidance to begin with.

Raising Godly Children

Now that we know what godly children look like according to the Bible, we’re probably better able to see if we’re indeed raising godly children.

If you can see within your children the fruits mentioned above (or you can see they’re developing), I’d say you’re on the right path. If not, don’t panic just yet.

It’s never too late to help people turn back to Jesus. Continue praying for them and God will help you out. You don’t have to raise your children on your own – although it may feel like this at times.

As I previously mentioned, some days it really looks like I’m failing to raise a godly child. Other times, she’s so happy to tell me more about her favourite Bible stories. Or just randomly says she’s looking forward for Jesus’ coming. She’ll also often say ‘That’s not from God’ when referring to statues, for example.

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Now, a few days ago I felt like I was failing again. For the first time – after I told her not to do something – she uttered the words: ‘I don’t love you anymore, mummy’.

I know that she’s only 3. And I also know that kids don’t understand you can still love someone although you’re upset or angry with them. But these words cut me like a knife. I just never imagined to hear them rolling off my sweet girl’s lips.

Just to clarify, she did apologise for it later and told me many times she loves me.

But when we went to pick up her daddy from work, she started telling a story with little fragmented pieces. Her daddy didn’t understand, but I was able to put those pieces together.

She was telling him about our incident, and how she told me she didn’t love me anymore. Of course, he answered that this wasn’t nice. Then the most heartwarming thing happened.

Our daughter said: ‘No, it wasn’t. I should pray. Dear God, I’m sorry for telling mummy I didn’t love her anymore’.

I felt tears in my eyes. Not only did she remember to talk to God about this, she even confessed her sin and repented!

I turned around and asked her: ‘Do you know what God’s answer is?’

‘No,’ she said, ‘what is it?’

‘I forgive you.’ She smiled.

In this moment, I realised something. Even though it may look like your child isn’t listening and totally ignoring your Biblical teachings, something will still stick with them!

Never give up teaching them about Jesus. Don’t stop teaching them how to pray. Never stop!

Because you’re responsible of raising godly children! And with God’s help, everything is possible. You can do this!

Before I go, I’d like to share a quote with you that really stuck with me when I first read it.

‘Our work for Christ is to begin with the family, in the home… There is no missionary more important than this’ {AH 35.3}

Feel free to leave a comment before you head out. I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Aryn The Libraryan

    Kids are amazing! Truly raising Godly children is something we have to lean on God for, and be as consistent and persistent as we possibly can. Not easy for sure!

    • Ann

      That’s very true. We really can’t be raising godly children unless we rely on God. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

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