As I wrote this week’s fighter verse song application post, I starting thinking that there might be a hidden command in it.

Proverbs 6:20-21

My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.

So the primary truth in this verse is that kids should consider their parent’s words and teachings to be very important.

But I think there is a message for parents as well: Be careful what you teach them. Because God is telling them to bind these words on their hearts.

If you are not careful, you might drag them down with unhelpful rules and criticism. You might bind them up with legalism or permissivism. You might pull them apart with inconsistency.

Your guidance should serve to lead them, protect them and point them to the Gospel.