Fresh Breath of Innocence
Innocence is by far the most precious virtue that we lose at the cross roads of life. The only difference for some is at what age that happens. A newborn baby comes into the world soft and delicate with the smell of freshness. God’s re-creation of life is perfect and closer to Him than at any other moment. Once we have taken that first breath of life into our lungs, the battle begins and Satan attempts to separate us from our maker. For this reason, our prayers for the newborn are so important; not only for them but also for own our faith in God.
Our Bible School classes are very important to our children simply because we desire to keep them innocent as long as possible. God has given to us the care of these precious souls and expects us to shield them for as long as possible against sin. The world constantly battles against us, for the world wants us to know “everything” no matter the subject and without limitations, whether it’s good for us or not. You have heard others comment that kids today are being exposed to the sinful nature of life much sooner than the previous generation. Unfortunately this is true, but it’s not impossible for parents to be a greater influence on their children. What better way to guide our children than to take advantage of Sunday School, Wednesday night Bible Study and the privilege of reading God’s word to them daily! Prayer is the glue that secures our relationship with God and is the mortar that binds our children to Him.
Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” ”Train up a child” means more than to teach, and includes everything that pertains to the proper development of children, especially their moral and spiritual nature.
Titus 2:2 teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Titus 2:6 similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.15 These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
What a fresh breath of air our children are to us! Your Elders enjoy teaching, especially the children of our congregation. They remind us of the innocence of life and renew our own innocence in our relationship with God.