Bible Reading: Luke 2.
Insight: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luk 2:52)
Insight one: What is your biggest expectation for your child? Do you want your child to grow in a comprehensive and balanced way? In addition to cherish their physical and mental health and spiritual growth, their relationship with God and people should also be accentuated. Wise parents know how to seize the timing when their children are still teachable, and provide them with a spiritual environment for growing, so that they can attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ from an early age. Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death (Pro 19:18).
Insight two: How can we become in favor with God and men? First, we must become in favor with God. One cannot be a person whom God is in favor but everyone else dislikes. The question is how can we please God? The Bible clearly states: “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb 11:6) With Christ’s life within, one will long for spiritual maturity and build closer relationships with the Lord through daily spiritual meditation. Those who are reconciled to God will be at peace with people; those who love God will love those whom God loves, including their families.
Prayer: Kind Heavenly Father, thank You. An unlovable person like me, because of the new creation of Jesus, has been made into a lovable person before God and people. Lord, children are the inheritance you have given to me. I am but the steward of this inheritance. Please teach me how to nurture them according to the truth, so that they grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!