Monday, January 25, 2016

More verses for Using God's word to correct and train

What a weekend! We got snowed in, so that means we've been house bound since LAST MONDAY! We LOVE staying at home (because it sometimes it seems we aren't ever at home long enough to really relish our time with one another) parties, walks to the creek, baking goody after goody, and staying up late.  I LOVE doing life with my littles and my best friend!

Now, on to finish this series that's been so helpful for me (to work through, and to continue to practice even as I write!) can catch the first three parts here, here, and here.

While we took the time to post and memorize scripture in our house, they are the promises of God that remind us of His goodness, faithfulness, and love for us and others.  God wants us to treasure what is revealed in the Bible and share it to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of his Law. As we regularly take God's Word into our own lives, we can speak even hard words of truth (discipline and correcting) in love (BSF). Sometimes, those aren't the verses that we use in correcting behavior, so there are a few others that have been helpful for us.  

So what verses do we use?  Here are just a few verses that are commonly used around my house for negative behaviors.  I am sure that as my girls get older we will begin to use more and more scripture for other behaviors and encouragement and I pray that God will guide me to use those appropriately.  The references are listed, but with the longer verses/passages, the words that are bolded are typically the words that are spoken in the moment. We typically say "God's Word tells us that....." and " we disappoint and make God sad when we ......" This helps bring in the big picture - it isn't just an infraction against the sibling, friend, or parent, but direct disobedience to God and his Word, our ultimate guide for instruction.

Abusing other’s property:
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  Matthew 7:12
Church/worship behavior:
You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary; I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:30
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world… Philippians 2:14-15
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:20
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. Proverbs 12:22
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.  On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. I Peter 3:9
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
If your brother or sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.  If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.  But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.  And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.  Matthew 18:15-17
Use of words

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29

What are other verses that encourage you to grow and mature, alongside of your children? Would you share? 


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