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How to Keep Kids Away from Trouble 

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men. 

Proverbs 2:12(A) 

With everything that kids get exposed to nowadays, plus the bullying and peer pressure they experience at school, parenting is now more challenging than ever. How do parents teach kids right from wrong when people around them tell them that wrong is right? How do you keep kids on the straight and narrow when even their so-called Christian friends tell them to stray from the right path? 

My friends, we find the answer to those questions in the words of Salomon, who tells us that wisdom will save us from the ways of the wicked. As much as parents might want to keep their kids in a bubble to protect them from evil, it is impossible for the young not to be exposed to wickedness when we live in a sinful world. The good news is that exposure to sin is one thing, and falling into sin is entirely different. 

Since the Bible tells us that fools stay away from wisdom, the goal of every parent must be to sow wisdom in their kids’ hearts. Sowing wisdom is easier said than done, but it is not impossible. If you teach your kids biblical principles at home and live those principles with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will build a foundation of wisdom in your children.  

The key here is to impart in them not religious knowledge or rules but true biblical wisdom. To do this, parents must read the Bible and share it with their children. From experience, I can tell you that your kids will rebel from religious rules but will understand, try to keep, and apply biblical wisdom.  

Growing up, I kicked and screamed against all the religious rules my mother had for me. Somehow, I knew God was not in religion, but I never went against what was Biblical. Religious dos and don’ts will drive your kids mad, but the understanding they gain when you teach them the benefits of making good decisions in the light of the Bible is impossible to ignore.  

Even if it doesn’t seem they are listening or paying attention to what you say, your life speaks volumes to them if you live what you say. Share wisdom with your children. Pray for wisdom over them. Live the Bible before their eyes and watch your kids avoid wicked men. It worked in my life, and since it is what the Bible says, it will also work in your children’s lives. 

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