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May 19, 2018, 12:50 PM

Building Character

Babies grow into toddlers and then preschoolers. All too soon they are teenagers and then off to college. We begin early in children's lives to build character by telling them right from wrong. We teach them how to love and share and show compassion. We want them to make good choices at school, church and at home.

God wants the same for us. He created us in His image and for His pleasure. But how can we please God? He has given us the Bible, which is good for teaching, counseling and comforting. God is our Heavenly Father, and He cares for us. "The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy" (Psalm 145.8). God's word teaches us how to live in relationship with Him. One way is by giving us ten rules He calls commandments. We could never keep all these rules because we are so prone to sin. Yet, when we confess our sin to God, He will forgive us and help us be more like Jesus.

It would be tempting to follow the commandments and do good things to please God. However, without love and relationship, our selfish pride might make us believe that we are good enough. Good works without love are worthless to God. With God's help we can learn how to live for Him and build character in ourselves and our children.

Prayer: Father God, we love you and we love our children. Help us to teach them right from wrong, and how to live for you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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