biblestudy: Childrearing (Part 4)
Object Of Our Affection
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 12-Dec-87; Sermon #BS-CR04; 80 minutes
John Ritenbaugh observes that children do not initiate love; they reflect love. If the child does not receive a convincing demonstration of this love, he will not become a conductor of love, but will become fearful, anxious, and lacking self-esteem. Realizing that all behavior is learned, and that character is nothing more than acquired habit, we need vital God-centered instruction in child-rearing. In the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4), we receive specific guidelines on instructing our children — emphasizing continuous intense love and devotion through our words, example, and behavior. Reflecting that children learn what they live, we must rear children with a view to their future spiritual destiny rather than our own self-centeredness. We demonstrate love for our children through eye contact, physical contact (touching or hugging), and focused attention (time).
Campbell, Ross Children as gift Children Learn what they live Drill Elohim Eye contact Homemaker Hope Idleness How to Really Love Your Children Keep Keeper Leah's eyes Love Reprobate mind Self-centeredness Self-Esteem Selfishness Training Yahweh
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