Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
We are responsible! Just bringing kids to church is NOT enough! Look at the disturbing social trends in children's lives today. Stubbornness and rebellion is rapid.
1 Samuel 15:23
For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king.
What is coming out of the mouths of babes. What types of action are they learning at home? What types of games or movies are the kids allowed to play or watch?
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Garbage in, Garbage out
Foolishness [is] bound in the heart of a child; [but] the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
We can define "rod of Correction" in any way we want.
1) rod, staff, branch, offshoot, club, scepter, tribe
a) rod, staff
b) shaft (of spear, dart)
c) club (of shepherd's implement)
d) truncheon, scepter (mark of authority)
e) clan, tribe
1) discipline, chastening, correction
a) discipline, correction
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
... for of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
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