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do them in the land to which you are going over, to possess it,
that you may fear the Lord your God, you and your son and your
son’s son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments,
which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your
days may be long. Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do
them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply
greatly, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you,
in a land flowing with milk and honey.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall
love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your might. And these words that I command you
today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to
your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and
when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and
they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them
on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
D E U T E R O N O M Y 6 : 1 - 9 , emphasis added
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you,
but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love
him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all
your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the
Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good?
D E U T E R O N O M Y 1 0 : 1 2 - 1 3 , emphasis added
Parents have the opportunity to encourage their children to become followers of God in love and obedience. We are to do so trusting that God’s
commands are a source of blessing and for our good. We are to walk in
faith, loving God with our whole being and seeking to impart the same love
and faith to our children. Sex education is about making this great vision a
reality in the area of sexuality.
GODLY PARENTING
Parenting is complex, with many ways we can approach it. We have found
one line of research particularly instructive and encouraging to Christian
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