Raising a Godly Son in a Wicked Generation

Being the mother of an only son, I have prayed, fasted and searched the Scriptures on how to bring him up. There are many warnings in the Word to a son, to help him keep his path straight.

Teach your son to flee youthful lust (2 Tim. 2:22) Ė The first example is that of Joseph having to deal with the daily pleadings of Potipherís wife to have an illicit affair. Even though he was innocent, he ended up in prison. God used that time to prepare him for his future post as second only to Pharaoh.

Teach your son to exercise self-control (1 Cor. 9:27) Ė Solomon, though the wisest man that ever lived, lost control over his passions and ended up with 700 wives and 300 concubines. These foreign women turned his heart away from the Lord. The word turned means to stretch or spread out. His love and devotion to the Lord were now spread out among his wivesí gods.

Teach your son the value of hard work (Prov. 12:27) Ė God has given him the role of provider for a future family. The sooner he understands that the ability to work is a gift from God, the sooner he will derive joy from his labors. Diligence is a manís precious possession.

Teach him not to reject the discipline of the Lord or despise his reproof (Prov. 3:11) Ė Since we will all sin, be ready to receive Godís correction. It will increase your wisdom.

Teach him to use the word of God as a mirror to examine his life against Godís precepts (Js. 1:23-25) Ė The Word exposes sin to allow for repentance and healing. Most importantly, warn him against idolatry. Explain that sports, work, and even church activities can all take the place of God in our life. A mistress is not necessarily a woman!

And, finally, teach him to stay away from foolish women (Prov. 9:13-18) Ė This is one of the most repeated warnings in Scripture for young men. These women are all too easy to find. Sadly, young men also must be warned about the lure of homosexuality and the seductiveness of its presenters. If you donít talk to your sons about this issue, someone will. And itís not likely to be someone who agrees with your standards.

If youíre a single mom, donít think you canít follow through with these. Difficult as it seems, you can raise a godly boy without an engaged father. Timothy, through the prayers and teachings of Grandma Lois and his mom, was such a boy (2 Tim.1:5).

My son is a young man now. God continues to work in his heart to make him a man of God. And I constantly remind him about these warnings from Scripture. The older he gets, the more he has to know the details about the danger each presents when disobeyed. I have to make him aware of the depths of these dangers. If I donít, he might think heís strong enough to play with fire.

Proverbs 4:7 Ė Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Ė Gladys Villnow

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