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Series: Luis Palau | Teaching our Children Lovingkindness

If you are a parent, you will appreciate what Luis Palau has to say this week on “Reaching your World.”  He shares his thoughts on teaching our children lovingkindness, generosity and tenderness.

Parenting God's Way Friday, March 12, 2021

There’s parenting, then there’s parenting God’s way.

When my wife, Wendy, and I first became parents, we were given all sorts of advice from all sorts of people. And parents listening will understand that this is very common. Everyone has opinions on how to raise children, when to put them to bed, where to send them to school, what to feed them, and so on. But Jesus is a huge, pivotal factor in parenting that secular culture overlooks. Jesus changes our parenting because Jesus changes us.

As followers of Jesus, part of our mission as parents is to be an example to our children, to live out the effects of the Good News that has penetrated our lives to change us. This will give the opportunity for our kids to witness what they might become, the people God wants them to be. If God is the center of your life, He will become the center of your parenting.

The Bible’s wisdom tells us in Proverbs 22:6 to “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Make Jesus Christ the center of your life, your family, and start your children off on a path toward Him.

This is Andrew Palau.

Learning to Sacrifice Thursday, March 11, 2021

We live in an increasingly cynical, calloused society that affects all of us somewhat. That’s why I’m so thankful that we can raise tenderhearted children.

We can raise such children by sponsoring needy children, discussing current world events, talking about world religions, inviting missionaries over for dinner, reading missionary biographies as a family, and sacrificing something so we can give toward the needs of others.

Why should you and I feel embarrassed if our children cry over the sufferings of others? Instead, we should rejoice to see them growing in their care and concern for people.

We must allow our hearts to be broken by the things that break God’s heart. Because Christ dwells in us and desires to work through us, we can become part of the answer to this world’s most urgent problems.

Together with your children, discover anew that true happiness and joy are found as the apostle Paul says, in “not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” [Philippians 2:4] wherever they may live.

This is Luis Palau.

Broaden your Kids' Horizons Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Raising tenderhearted children in a tough world doesn’t come naturally. It requires constant nurturing.

One way is to invite missionaries into your home and let your children take part in dinner table conversations. This is one of the best ways to get to know some of God’s great servants. When I was growing up we had many missionaries in our home. By talking about different people and customs, they made other parts of the world seem more real to me.

Another way is to read the biographies of William Carey, Mary Slessor, Hudson Taylor, and other great missionaries in history. You and your children will find their stories fascinating.

Children especially enjoy hearing about George Mueller, who took in thousands of orphans, providing the best of everything without asking for financial help. When they ran out of food, they set the table anyway and said grace.
Once a cart laden with bread broke down nearby. The bread man came to their door saying, “I don’t know what to do with all this bread. Could you use it?” What a great example of Philippians 4:19, which says, “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” It’s still true today!

This is Luis Palau.

Raising Tenderhearted Children Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Our responsibility as parents is to help our children become tenderhearted toward the less fortunate, especially those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ.
One way to do this is to encourage your children to learn about cities affected by natural disasters and other tragedies. These current events remind your children that we live in a fallen, deeply hurting world. Then cross over to discuss what God is doing in that part of the world.

It’s easy to shut off our minds to the needs of the poor by saying, “Well, they’ve lived like that all their lives. They’re used to it. They don’t notice how bad things really are.” But suffering is suffering. Every parent and child, no matter where they live, feels pain the same way you and I do.

As well, inform your children about the world’s major religions. As parents we need to display respect and genuine love for people everywhere. By word and example we want to communicate to our children that “We don’t ridicule or make fun of people, even in private.” Instead, we gladly “walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us,” Ephesians 5:2. That’s what reaching your world is about.

This is Luis Palau.

Instilling Generosity Monday, March 8, 2021

When our children were young my wife, Pat, used to quote the words of Jesus in Acts 20:35 and say to them, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive, isn’t it?” And they would almost always reply, half-jokingly, “No, it isn’t...getting is better!”

Raising tenderhearted children in a tough world doesn’t come naturally. Learning to care for others is a spiritual discipline that requires constant nurturing. Our responsibility as parents is to help our children become tender toward the less fortunate, especially those who don’t yet know Jesus Christ.
To start, sponsor a child, especially a needy boy or girl in another country. When we first thought about sponsoring a child, we discussed it with our sons and suggested “adopting“ a boy from Mexico. They thought that was a great idea because we used to live there.

Over the next few years, we sponsored children through several organizations. One we highly recommend is Compassion International, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80997.

Be willing to pitch in financially if your child reaches adolescence and shows a sensitivity and desire to sponsor a needy child of their own.

This is Luis Palau.

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