Parents, if you want to give sound and valued counsel to your children -- counsel that they will love and respect -- you must first heed this admonition for yourself. If you are going to give biblical care to your children, you must attend to your own heart. Guarding your own heart from evil influences and tendencies is essential. Are you living hypocritically, ignoring some area of sin instead of repenting and changing? If so, your attempts to teach and model Christ to your children will be flawed and warped. No training is more effective than the model of a sincere, godly parent. Conversely, no training is more destructive than a hypocritical parent demanding from his children what he will not do himself. Parent, guard your heart!
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