Saturday, November 25, 2006

Train Up a Child; And Weary Not In So Doing

Speaking of his admiration for Cicero's teachings on the love of wisdom and pursuit of knowledge, St. Augustine said that the one thing that made him cautious of following Cicero and his teaching totally was the complete absence of any mention of the name of Christ. Saint Augustine said while at the time he was not a believer, he had yet drunk in the name of Christ with his mother's milk, and so deeply had it been implanted into his thinking that he could never be completed satisfied with any argument, no matter how learned or eloquent, that omitted giving Jesus Christ a placed in its discussion. (St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions, Book 3)

So, take heart and be encouraged! Weary not in the training of your children in the love and honor and admonition of the Lord!

My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life. (Proverbs 6:20-23)

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

Fathers, bring [your children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4b)

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

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