Luke 6:45 (NLT) tells us that “What you say flows from what is in your heart”. This is true for us as adults and it is also true for our children. We can tell what is happening in our children’s hearts based on how they are behaving. An angry child is showing us the anger they are harboring in their hearts. When our children are singing and dancing, they are expressing the joy in their hearts. This verse from the Bible is a profound truth and very helpful to us as we disciple our children. At any point in our days, we have a window into their hearts!
God is concerned with our hearts and therefore we should be concerned with our children’s hearts. More specifically, reaching our children’s hearts with the truths of God’s Word so that we can guide them towards knowing and loving Jesus. Of course, we cannot force our children to love God, and that is not our responsibility. We are responsible to show them Jesus, to display for them and guide them toward the beauty of a life lived loving and being loved by God.
What does the Bible mean when it talks about the heart? The “heart” is a word that describes our emotions, our thoughts, and our will. And the Bible has much to say about the heart and it’s role in our lives.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” The same verse in other translations shows that our heart “determines the course of your life” (NLT), “your thoughts control your life” (ERV), and “your life is shaped by your thoughts” (GNT). So clearly, what we think has a profound affect on our life and the Bible says that we should be careful or guard our thoughts. As we disciple our children, we need to teach them to also be aware of their thoughts and emotions and help them gain self control around them. It’s not enough to correct their behavior, but not address their heart. We can get good behavior from our children and they can still have hearts far from Christ. When we address the heart issues, the outflow will be behavior that honors the Lord.
To dive deeper into all that the bible says about the heart, try doing a study on the word “heart”. Use a concordance, or do a search on a website like biblegateway.com or blueletterbible.org to look up “heart”. Write down a few of them, and you will begin to see what God is telling us about our heart.
This week as you interact with your children, what does the behavior that you see tell you about the state of their hearts? Are you reaching their hearts and pointing them towards Jesus?
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