Do you expect to be able to trust your kids? If you are a normal parent/grandparent, the answer should be an emphatic “YES!” But, how often do you talk to them about responsibility and integrity?
If you have older kids, ask them what these words mean. Do they understand what responsibility and integrity mean? Ask them for examples of these traits in action.
As Christian parents/grandparents, we should be all about integrity. We aren’t perfect, and make silly, (and sometimes not very silly) mistakes, but our kids should be able to see and hear us apologize and take responsibility for our action, or lack of action. Proverbs 20:7 states (NKJV): The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
We must be the role models for teaching responsibility, so our kids can learn the (Christian) values that we say we believe in. Many of their school teachers take the time to try to teach responsibility and values, but they won’t learn them from their friends.
Proverbs 12:22 states: Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are his delight. II Corinthians 8:21 says it this way: For we aim (to do) what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.
The problem is that in today’s world, being “bad” is good, and being “good” is bad. How do we counter that nonsense? The best way that I can think of, is to: First, live what we are trying to teach our kids. If we “cheat a little” or “lie a little” we are just as bad as anyone who cheats and lies a lot. Next, talk to your kids from the time they are little, about being a person with integrity. I believe that all people, even those with very little integrity, admire someone that they know has integrity. Also, read verses from the Bible (there are many more than I have put here) that reinforce what you are trying to teach. Kids need to know that you are trying to follow God’s word, you aren’t just coming up with rules on your own!!
Check out these verses as well:
2 Timothy 2:15, Colossians 3:9, Ephesians 4:25, James 1:26, Luke 6:31