Proverbs for Accepting Wisdom
1. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7
The word "fear" will likely confuse children. Even adults struggle with its meaning when they read it in the Bible. However, "fear of the Lord" does not mean to be scared. "Fear" used here means "a profound reverence or awe." In order for our children to become wise, they must first possess a reverence and awe of God that leads them to accept wisdom and instruction.
2. "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice." Proverbs 12:15
Listening to advice is difficult for most of us, and it's especially difficult as children move into adolescence. What's important to teach along with this Proverb is 1 John 4:1, James 3:17, and Proverbs 11:14 so that our children can discern wise advice versus corrupt advice.
3. "Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety." Proverbs 11:14
What is important here is the "abundance of counselors." People love to give advice, but it's not always godly advice. Teaching our children that getting their advice from several godly people helps to ensure that it is pure and from God. Taking the advice of just one person is seldom wise.
4. "A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction" Proverbs 13:1 (NLT)
5. "My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life." Proverbs 6:22-23
We want our children to accept our discipline so that they will learn to accept God's discipline. Our goal is for them to trust us and want to obey us so that they will trust and obey God.
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