God’s Perspective on Parenting
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. —Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NKJV)
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)
In today’s world, holding your family together can be very challenging. The enemy loves to destroy families. If he can cause separation, he can cause damage. There is truly something that happens when we become one in our families, in our marriage, with our children, in our relationships, and also with our church. The saying “there is strength in numbers” is true. The power of agreement is strong.
Number five on God’s Top Ten List is to ‘honor your father and mother.’ The definition of honor is to regard with respect or high esteem. Why should we honor our parents? Because God says so. Honoring your parents not only impacts them, it impacts you. It is the recipe for blessing, and prosperity, and long life according to the scripture, and when you don’t honor them, God will not honor you. The bottom line is that children have a duty to honor their parents.
So how do we do we honor our parents?
- We accept them
- We appreciate them
- We affirm them
- We do not abandon them
Parents also have a duty to be honorable. God is the perfect parent. Have you noticed? Two of the best things that you can give your children are roots and wings. Children need to know and connect with their Christian heritage and foundation. Parents need to lead their children by example. Are you reading your Bible at home with your children? What about praying, going to church, and doing life with other believers? Let them see you “walk the walk”. Then, give them wings; let them dream, let them fly, and let them do amazing things. Grace says we are loved and we are accepted, even when we fail. Give your children grace. Love them and accept them, even when they fail.
What makes God such a good, good Father?
- God listens to us
- God understands us
- God love us
- God disciplines us
Follow these three rules of parenting. Be fair, be firm, and be fun. Prepare, protect, and pray for your children. We are to give them life. We are to give them love. We are to give them laughter. Doesn’t that sound like God?
- How do you honor your Heavenly Father? List specific things you do regularly.
- What are you modeling for your children? What would you like to add?
- How does your relationship with your earthly father affect your relationship with your Heavenly Father? Did you know the way we view our earthly father will be the way we view God and authority until correct understandings can be learned?
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)
We are better together!