Tolle Lege: Instructing a Child’s Heart

Readability:  1

Length: 187 pgs

Author:  Tedd Tripp

Instructing a Child’s Heart along with Shepherding a Child’s Heart are two of my go to books on raising children.  I am so thankful to God for Tedd Tripp’s relentless focus on the heart and the gospel.  In contrast to Shepherding a Child’s Heart this book deals with formative instruction, that is instruction that forms or shapes our children.  The section on communication alone is worth the price of the book.

Parents are to be the primary teachers of their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).  This task may not be delegated.    This book offers much Biblical wisdom in how to faithfully carry out those this weighty mandate.

This revelation isn’t just about distant physical and spiritual relatives – its about each of us by name.  Let that truth wash over you with all it’s implications and power.  Bath our children in that truth.  Otherwise, the Bible’s prophecies, provisions, promises, and pronouncements will not motivate our speech and behavior.  And our children will treat the Bible like a news story.

A primary goal in instruction must be to show your children who God is and what he has done- to show them their story in the pages of Scripture.  Make the Bible your family album, not someone else’s story.  The Bible is not about ‘them’ and ‘then,’ but ‘us’ and ‘now.

The power of the gospel is not just for our children; it is for us. The power of grace in the gospel will cleanse us, forgive us, change us internally and empower us to be all that we need to be to instruct the hearts of our children.  Don’t be put off by your needs and weaknesses.  Our weaknesses will never keep us from God as much as our strengths will.  Come to Christ each day knowing that you can do all things through him who gives you strength.

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