Our theme for this month: “Being a virtuous person”
Our Bible verse for today: “These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Virtue must be taught.
Without question one of the greatest positive influences in my life was my mother. She was a kind, compassionate, and godly woman who modeled Biblical virtues in her own life and then taught them to her children. I was actually a rotten kid, and I usually didn’t behave like a child being raised by a godly mother, but the lessons she taught me and the example she set for me stuck with me, and it all bore fruit later in my life.
It’s a common story. Anyone who was raised by virtuous and godly parents has stories to tell about the lessons they were taught in the home, the good examples that were set for them, and how those learning experiences have stuck with them throughout life.
In his book, “The Moral Compass, former Secretary of Education William Bennett writes, “The transmission of virtues is one important reason for a home, and attention to the virtues is one of the important ties that bind a family together.”
This is what Moses was getting at in Deuteronomy 6:6-7, adults have a God-given responsibility to teach and model Biblical virtues to the children they have influence over. First and foremost that occurs in the home with parents and grandparents.
But not all children have homes in which Biblical virtues are taught and modeled. That’s where the church needs to step in. This is why churches send buses and vans to rough neighborhoods to bring children to church. It’s why Christian families pick-up nieces and nephews and friends of their own children and bring them to church. Many children are being raised in homes that do not provide a good, positive education in the Biblical virtues that will enable them to be successful in life. But if they are brought to church, there they will learn the lessons of virtue and they will be surrounded by godly adults who will set good examples for them.
Biblical virtues are to be taught and modeled in the home. That’s where children will learn them first and best. But the virtues must also be taught and modeled in the church. Therefore good ministries for children and teens are vital parts of a healthy church life. We should thank God for the adults who are committed to teaching and modeling Biblical virtues to our children and teens, in the home and in the church.