Do you value a rebuke?

Posted on October 12, 2013 · Posted in Communication, Wisdom

Part of teaching our children to be wise is to teach them to see the value of a rebuke. It is not enough just to correct wrong behavior.  Rather, a wise son will eagerly embrace his father’s direction.  This is not a natural response.  Children are not born wise; wisdom must be taught.  One vital way to teach your children to welcome a rebuke is to model this for them. How well do you respond when you are rebuked?  Fathers, are you approachable?  Are you thankful for others who offer you feedback on your life and habits?  If you struggle with receiving a rebuke  don’t be surprised if your children do not eagerly embrace your words of rebuke.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.