Should You help Your child Grow in Wisdom?
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
Proverbs are like seeds, just waiting to take root in our lives and bear fruit. But before they can grow, they must be buried deep within our hearts. For generations, believers have allowed the wisdom in Proverbs to impact their daily lives by memorizing, understanding, and meditating on the words found there. You can help your child grow in wisdom by applying these same practices to this Proverb, Proverbs 15:1.
Memorization is an important first-step in learning and applying the spiritual truths of Proverbs. Here are a few tips for helping your child (and yourself) remember this verse more effectively:
- One of the keys to effective Bible memorization is breaking the verse down into smaller, easier-to-remember chunks. Don’t try to memorize the whole verse all at once. Instead, focus on the first idea – “a gentle answer turns away wrath” – and let those words echo in your mind and in the minds of your children. Once you feel comfortable with this idea, then you can move on to the second part – “but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Give each thought time to capture your imagination. Don’t try to rush things.
- When you’re repeating the verse, make sure you say it with the same rhythm or cadence every time. Stress the same syllables – perhaps even over-stressing them - so that it almost feels like you’re singing a song. This too will help memorization.
- Use hand-motions and facial expressions to act out the verse so that it further reinforces the ideas behind it. With this verse, you might want to use facial and hand gestures to communicate the idea of a “gentle answer.” It also might be a good idea to speak softly during the first half of this proverb. And as you say “turns away wrath”, use your hands to figuratively push that anger away. Since the second half of the proverb focuses on “harsh words”, you might want to speak angrily and furrow your brow. These actions will help reinforce the meaning of the verse, and they will prepare both you and your child to understand them more fully.
- Keep it enjoyable. Memorization isn’t something people generally think of as ‘fun.’ This is one of the reasons many adult Christians neglect it. The more enjoyable you can make Bible verse memorization, the more likely your children will look forward to it.