Training in righteousness is primarily the responsibility of the parents. And, by extension, grandparents can have an impact on spiritual teaching as well. Here is a list of 20 bible verses relating to passing the torch to the next generation.
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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4
Because, as believers, we know that whatever befalls our children and whatever trial and obstacles they meet, it is the Truth that will guide them through it.
Truth about who they are. Truth about who God is.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Spending time in every day activities with grandchildren affords us many opportunities to interject biblical teaching in a natural and casual way. While sitting, walking, playing, watching a television program, movie or sporting event. Some of the best lessons are learned this way.
There is also a time for more in depth study.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Our oldest grandson will begin his Junior year of college this fall. He is close to his PopPop and the two of them are studying the Scriptures together. They set aside time each week and open their Bibles. They are working their way through The Gospel of John by Max Lucado as well as listening to past sermons on the same topic by our pastor.
It is a special time as an older man loves on the younger, sharing Truth, experiences, encouragement and Hope.
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Training in Righteousness
“Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children—
For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”
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.
We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, …
Children’s children are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.
The living, the living–they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.
2 Timothy 3:14-15
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
“To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
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Frances Baker says
Absolutely LOVE this post!! We have the blessing of babysitting our young grandsons twice a week, and our prayer is that they will know the Lord very early in their lives and always!! They are being led by a wonderful example by their parents, and we are trying to pass that heritage on to them as well.
May God continue to bless your family!!
Thank you Frances for your visit and your comment. How sweet that you have your grandsons frequently and enjoy that special relationship. Isn’t it wonderful! 🙂
Anna Thompson says
How nice that they can spend that special time together