Cleric tasks parents on godly upbringing of children.
By: Femi Mustapha
Apostle Yakubu Yusuf of House of Purpose Ministry U/Sunday Chikun Local Government Kaduna state parents to wake up and bring up their children in the fear of God and monitor their activities.
Speaking in a sermon he delivered at the 2022 Children’s Day program of the Church parenting upbringing can have positive or negative the character of a child and determine who they become in life.
The Cleric who takes his lead reading from the Book of Proverbs, 22:6 said every child is an upgrade of his or her parents.
He decried the level of criminal activities among youths and said the parents have a role to play to save youths who are the future of the country.
According to him, most parents have abandoned their responsibilities and placed the upbringing of their children on the school teachers and house helps.
Similarly, he urged religious institutions to create more youth programs to check restiveness and other social vices in the country.
Apostle Yakubu said that society would be better off if parents and guardians trained their children in a godly way, adding “God is always happy with parents who train their children to follow His commandments”.
The cleric urged parents to live exemplary lives by shunning all negative acts, saying that a lot of children grew up with the good or bad attitudes of their parents, hence the need for the parents to live a life worthy of emulation.
“Parents must continue to ensure and train their children in a godly way so that the society will be better off.
They must teach their children the commandments of God and also do things according to the commandments.
He urged parents to pray to God at all times for the progress of their families and children,” he said.
He also advised parents against abusing the rights of the child in the name of discipline, adding that discipline must be done in a godly way rather than maltreatment.
The cleric called on the Christians and other Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their ethnic, religious, and political affiliation.
“As a clergyman, my role is to preach peace, and unity and to advise my faithful and other Nigerians to live in peace, and unity andharmonyhow love, care to one another.
“To also shun negative tendencies at all times to inherit the kingdom of God and for a better society,“ he added.