Parenting with the Bible

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Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are away on a journey, when you are lying down and when you are getting up again. Tie them to your hands as a reminder, and wear them on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Christian parents today want help with parenting from a Biblical basis, not just warmed-over child psychology hidden in Christian terminology. There are many books on the shelves on parenting with a Christian slant but not Biblical. Christian parents should be understanding and applying the principles taught in the Bible.

Old Chinese proverb says, “One generation plants  trees and another gets the shade”. Also, I might add, each generation lives in the shade of many trees planted by our ancestors. In spiritual terms, we want shade from our parent’s and from our grandparent’s ethics, morals and standards.

Today’s signs of family collapse are alarming……. divorce, sexual revolution, sterilization, delinquency, infidelity, homosexuality, radical feminism, children’s rights movements, normalization of single-parents.

There are also….. anti-family values of our society, things that were once taboos being made acceptable, divorce available on demand, gender differences downplayed, television dominating the home, pornography protected under the law, but we can’t teach children in school that promiscuity is immoral.

Hillary Clinton, would like to hand over to the federal government some of the rights and responsibilities of child rearing. State sponsored parenting, if you will.

In light of our modern culture, what can we as Christians do to plant shade trees for our children? I’d like to share with you, four thoughts.

1 – Children should be seen as a blessing…… not a hardship

2 – Parenting should be a joy…. not a burden.

3 – Success in parenting is measured by what parents do. not by what the child does.

4- A child’s most important influences come from parents not peers.

5 – Children should be seen as a blessing…… not a hardship

Children are a sign of God’s loving-kindness.

…..Adam and Eve after the sin of rebellion were still allowed to have children

…..When Cain was born Eve said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord”

…..When Seth was born Eve said, “For God has appointed another seed for me.”

…..Leah gave birth to Rueben and said, “the Lord has surely looked on my affliction.”

…..Later when Simeon was born she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved,        he gave this one too.”

…..Rachel when giving birth to Joseph said, “God has taken away my reproach.”

Lets read Psa. 127:3-5 Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. 4 Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior’s hands. How happy is the man whose quiver is full of them!

 Parenting should be a joy…. not a burden.

It can become a burden. It is we who make it a burden when we fail to follow the principles of the Lord. When we neglect our duty. Neglect is a harsh word. It implies knowingly not doing. I believe sometimes it is more a laxity of our duty. Why? Because that is how we were taught or trained.

Real joy comes from bringing up a child in the nurture and the admonition of the Lord. We often nurture but fail to admonish. To admonish is to correct. If it’s good enough for God, why is it not good enough for us.

Let’s read Proverbs 29:17 Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

Correct in Strong’s Concordance ……… (3256} yacar — to chastise,                                        lit. (with blows) or fig. (with words); hence to instruct

Remember the statement our parents made to us….. “This is going to hurt me more than you.”

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