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Guard God's Heritage!
Your sons and daughters do not really “belong” to you. “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Rather, they have been entrusted to you for a time so that you can train them to be “mighty upon earth” (Psalm 112:2).
God instructs fathers to raise their children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). An important factor in accomplishing this goal is getting to know each child as a unique individual so that you can respond to his or her needs and effectively motivate him or her in God’s ways. This is what the Apostle Paul did with those he taught and discipled.