Proverbs 22:6 says “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” In other words, it is saying he or she should be brought up in the ways of the Lord.
Can you say this about your children who are living in your house? I see a lot of Christian families who are teaching their kids some bad habits that will some day lead them astray. One of those habits is the words that are spoken from our mouths on a daily basis. When a child is born and is of age, he or she does everything they see their families do, as well as say everything they hear. If they hear you say “Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me,” they will repeat it. When we hear this, we rejoice in knowing that we are training our kids up in the way of the Lord. But with that same mouth, we turn right back around and use curse words or say things like “you make me sick” or “shut up.” Now when they repeat this we are ready to pop their little hand or fannies for talking like that.
Do you get upset when your kids say something that they have learned from you? When he or she says to you or to others shut up or I hate you, they were not born saying this, they were “trained.” They hear this language in their houses all the time, so it’s normal for them to talk like this.
You can’t get mad when the school calls you and tells you that your child has said some ugly words that they should not be saying.
What a child sees they will try to act out and what they hear they will speak out. We have got to understand that God wants holiness even in our speech. What if God talked to you the way you talk to your kids?
Your children watch and listen to you, and if you say or do something ungodly they think that it’s accepted whether it be language or behavior. Again, what’s the standard in your house about words and how they are spoken around your kids? Have you failed as a “Trainer” in your house when it comes to words and how they are used?
Again I say your child will repeat either good words or bad words that are spoken in your home. I pray this touches your spirit like it has touched mine on how to use words that are pleasing to God.