Homeschooling Christian character
traits may be a challenging endeavor for many families, but it is a
necessary one. Teaching positive character traits that are considered to be
biblical does not have to be an enormous undertaking.
However, in order to effectively instruct our children, we must train them up in the ways that the Bible instructs us. We must teach them the importance of character and how to put that instruction into action.
According to the scripture Proverbs 22:6, we are instructed to: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it”. In Deuteronomy 6: 6-9, we are instructed in the following: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates”.
If you educate your child in the home, teaching Christian character traits is essential to the proper upbringing of your child.
Christian homeschool families should utilize
the Bible as the core of the curriculum when teaching children. The Lord
expects each and every single one of us to learn about his wisdom, how to
acquire wisdom through his word and how to use his word to succeed in our
everyday lives. Each of us should understand that character is considered to be
a spiritual based fruit that is developed by having a committed and real
relationship with God. Once we learn this very important fact, it is essential
that we transfer that knowledge to our children. Our character is the basis of
our moral fiber. It is the most important aspect of our being. It is not just a
certain feeling or a certain personality type. It is a choice and a true
commitment to act, think and react in the ways that the Lord desires of each of
us. When teaching homeschooling Christian
traits, it is important that we keep this very important fact in mind.
In Galatians 5:22-23, we are informed that
in order to exhibit biblical character; the Fruit of the Holy Spirit must be
constantly accessed and constantly developed. We all know that fruit consists
of many different core elements. These elements include the seeds, the various
segments of the fruit, the pulp within the fruit, the juice and even skin or
rind. When it is growing, fruits receive nutrients through the means of stem.
Just as fruit has to be carefully tended to when it is growing, our character
must be carefully tended to on a regular basis. When homeschooling Christian
character traits, it is often best to compare the traits to a fruit and
the development of the traits as being part of the growth process. We must
instruct our children to carefully tend to their fruits to ensure that they
grow and mature into adult fruits that are healthy and delicious to the body
and the spirit.
According to the Book of Galatians, there are several “Fruits of the Spirit”. When homeschooling Christian character traits, it is important to start with these fruits:
In addition to these fruits, there are additional aspects of character that children should learn about when being educated in the home. They are as follows:
In all honesty, there are thousands of pieces of instruction throughout the Bible that will assist in homeschooling Christian character traits. However, the ones outlined in this guide are most likely to offer your child the highest level of success as they progress in their walk with the Lord and their walk throughout life. As a parent, you should place a high emphasis on the commitment of educating your child in the ways of the Lord. While Christian character traits are just one aspect of this commitment, it is an essential one. By teaching your child the way that he should act – according to biblical principles – you are providing a solid foundation for a life of commitment to Christ. There are many resources that will assist in this endeavor. However, the Bible is the top resource for homeschooling Christian character traits among today's parents.
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A Favorite Bible Verse: "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6