Have you ever had one of those parenting moments when your child was misbehaving in some way and you wished that you could just pick your Bible up and turn right to a verse dealing with that particular issue?
With For Instruction in Righteousness, “a topical reference guide for Biblical parenting,” from Doorposts, you can do just that.
Originally published in 1993, For Instruction in Righteousness, has just undergone its first major revision. The latest edition has over 50 new pages and lots of expanded chapters which are, as the Doorposts website states, “a result of additional parenting experience and Bible study.”
I don’t know about you, but I think that’s cool. You’ve got a book that was originally written as a means of compiling what one family gleaned from their own personal Bible study and search of the Scriptures. Now, with 18 more years of parenting experience under their belts, they’re sharing with us what they’ve learned over the years.
While we are, of course, ultimately responsible for discerning God’s will for guiding our own children, isn’t it nice having the writings of an older, more mature Titus 2 woman as our own personal parenting mentor?
The table of contents lists 52 common misbehaviors, grouping them into common headings such as:
- Sins of a Proud Heart
- Sins of Discontent
- Sins of Unbelief
Under those headings the topics are further broken down. For example, under the heading Sins of an Undisciplined Life, you’ll find:
For each misbehavior, there are Bible verses (KJV or NKJV) dealing with that behavior. Following the scripture verses, you’ll find suggestions for dealing with the behavior or discussion topics to help your child understand what’s wrong about the behavior.
I’m not sure where those homeschooled kids I sometimes hear about live – you know the ones who count their siblings among their best friends and who are always looking out for their brothers’ and sisters’ best interests?
Yeah, I don’t know where those kids live. In my house, there seems to be constant bickering from sunup to sundown with little windows of harmony that make me look around trying to figure out what the aliens have done with my real children.
That being said, so far my favorite section has been “arguing/contention.” One of the verses is:
“Do not strive without a cause.” – Proverbs 3:30
The suggestion is, “Teach the child to ask himself, ‘Is there really an issue worth arguing over?’”
We’ve been working on asking ourselves that question. Kids might not want to admit it, but 9 times out of 10, the answer is no.
It’s also nice to be able to remind the kids that, “Any fool can start a quarrel. (Pr. 20:3)”
And, of course, a favorite that we’ve recited for many years is included (and I’m quoting it in our favorite NIV):
“Do not take part in foolish and stupid arguments for you know that they produce quarrels and the Lord’s servant must not quarrel, instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and not resentful. (2 Tim. 2: 23-24)”
This spiral-bound, 366-page book arranges the appropriate scriptures topically, putting them right at your fingertips for easy reference. Once you’ve quickly located that passage that you’re looking for, you can even look it up with your child in your own Bibles and show it to him or her in context.
It can be a powerful thing to a child – anyone, really – to realize that God took time to instruct us on specific behaviors in His word.
For Instruction in Righteousness is available from Doorposts for $33 or in a 3-ring binder for $35. Additionally, you can buy the original edition for $10 off while supplies last.
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