II Timothy 1:5 The Influence of Godly mothers and grandmothers

II Timothy 1.5

One of the greatest struggles I have as a mother is wondering if I am teaching my children right and passing my faith to my children. No matter how hard I try, I don’t always feel that the lessons of life that I want my kids to take with them as adults is getting through.

But I want to remind you, don’t underestimate your influence as a mother and grandmother teaching her children God’s Word. Here in II Timothy, Paul makes a observation about mothers and grandmothers.

Having been reminded of the sincere faith that is in you, which lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, in you also.

II Timothy 1:5

In this short verse, Paul recognizes the importance of teaching our children our faith and the great influence mothers and grandmothers have on their children (and grandchildren). Timothy’s mother and grandmother took the time to teach him their faith.

Children aren’t just born with faith and knowledge of God. The best way to train each generation is to teach them our faith. Moses also gives us this instruction in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (teach your children your faith every day in all circumstances).

I remember growing up seeing my grandmother read her Bible. She had a Bible on the table next to her chair. She would read it in the morning or maybe other times during the day. She didn’t always quote Bible verses, but she would reference Bible lessons in answers she would give.

My mother also taught us the Bible. Her style was different. She memorizes a verse and will share that verse in a moment you need it. She also shares a Bible verse with all of us before we pray to bless our meals at family lunch. These verses are short reminders of how we should live each day.

Continuing this tradition, I teach my children the Bible daily, too. To them, I teach it too much. I get the eyerolls and “you already said that” often. But I persist in sharing my faith with them. Soon, they will be adults. I pray they will remember these teachings and share them with their children, too.

Moms and grandmothers, don’t be discouraged today if you feel tired or that the Bible is not penetrating the heart of your children. Remember these words from the Apostle Paul and teach your children (and grandchildren) your faith. As faith lives in you, may it also live in your children and grandchildren from generation to generation.

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