CHRISTIAN PARENTING- MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Christian Parenting – To Choose
Christian parents face the difficult task of raising children in a world of “correctness”. Parents must “choose” who and what shapes their children’s lives. God still holds parents responsible for children – to instruct them and to discipline them. The Bible speaks of the “insolent, arrogant, and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents.” (Romans 1:30). Rebellion and disobedience are now pervasive, so let us encourage every parents to continually guide their child.
Christian Parenting – To Instruct
It is the goal of every parent to see their children accept responsibility for their decisions. They must learn from their mistakes and accept godly correction. Instructing children is not simply presenting a list of rules to follow. It is letting the "actions speak” by training them according to God’s standards. By living a righteous life, parents provide their children with the understanding of how God’s rules govern all our lives. Then, as they mature, they develop a habit of doing right, serving God by making their own decisions. “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9-10).
Christian Parenting – To Discipline
The bible teaches that if children do not obey, they must receive a rod of correction. “The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother” (Proverbs 29:15). God chooses each parent with great care. “ For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just…“(Genesis 18:19).
Consistent, loving correction helps children learn biblical truths like self-discipline.