The bible offers a model for parenting that is full of knowledge, wisdom, and true love. The bible is packed with advice on raising children in a healthy environment and giving them the tools to be successful adults in life. You will find everything from reminders of God’s word to putting things into perspective-the bible can offer you a wealth of wisdom for parenting.
One of the best things about parenting with the bible as your guide is that you can be assured that the advice contained within its pages is tried and true. After all, the bible has been around for centuries and has helped countless parents successfully raise their children. Plus, the advice is from God. So you know it’s good!
The Ultimate Source on Parenting
What I love most about the Bible as a guide to parenting is that God is the ultimate authority on parenting. He is often referred to as Father. He knows what it takes to raise a healthy, successful child. He is our Heavenly Father. So who better to look to for parenting advice than Him?
So when I think about what it means to be a good parent I look at Godly attributes. I did this study from The Daily Grace Co. on the attributes of God and there are some really good parenting principles we can take from them.
What we can learn from God:
God is Just. Deuteronomy 32:4 says, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
As a parent, we must strive to be just in our dealings with our children. We must be fair and consistent in our discipline. We must also teach our children to do what is right, even when it’s hard.
God is Love. 1 John 4:16 says, “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
This is probably the most important attribute of God that we can learn from as parents. Why? Because if we don’t have love, nothing else really matters. Without love, we cannot truly parent effectively. We must learn to love our children unconditionally and to show that love through our words and actions.
God is Merciful. In Titus 3:5, we learn “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”.
Parents are not perfect, we will make mistakes. But God is merciful and forgiving. We must learn to be quick to forgive our children when they make mistakes and quickly seek to restore relationships with them.
Parenting is not an easy task. But with the Bible as our guide, we can be assured that we are parenting in line with the principles God has laid down. And that is the best assurance we can have as parents.
God is Patient. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
As parents, we must learn to be patient with our children. We need to be slow to anger and quick to forgive. We should also give our children time to learn and grow. I love this. I am always working hard on being a more patient person and I have to remind myself to slow down.
God is True. John 3:33 says, “He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.”
As parents, we must always strive to teach our children the truth. We must be diligent in teaching them what is right and wrong. And we must also live a life that is true before them, so that they may see the truth in action. I think this is one of the most important aspects. We must be true in our behavior so we can model truth and godliness for our children.
God is Wise. Proverbs 3:19 says, “The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.”
Wisdom is something we must seek as parents. We need to be able to discern what is best for our children and to make wise decisions in parenting them. The Bible is a great source of wisdom and we can learn so much from it on how to parent effectively.
God is Faithful. Hebrews 10:23 says, ” If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
We can trust God to be faithful in His promises. And as parents, we must also be faithful. We must be faithful to our children and to the task of parenting. We must be faithful to love them, even when they make mistakes. And we must also be faithful to teach them and train them up in the ways of the Lord. We must be faithful in our promises to them. We must be faithful to let them know they can rely on us.
God is Good. Psalm 145:9 says, ” The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”
This is such an important attribute for us to remember as parents. Because parenting can be so difficult at times, we can lose sight of the fact that God is good. We can become angry and bitter. But if we remember that God is good, it will help us to persevere through the tough times. Our children must also see us as good. We must not be the bad cop all the time. Our children need to see the goodness of God in us. _arenting can be difficult, but if we remember that God is good and turn to Him for guidance, we can parent effectively. The Bible is a great source of wisdom and knowledge on how to parent well.
In such a chaotic time in the world, using God, the ultimate authority on parenting as our resource and guide on raising our children, is the best decision we can make as parents. With His guidance, we can be assured that our children will grow up to be successful adults, in line with His will for their lives.
As parents, we would be wise to open our bibles more. Let the word of God speak into our lives and guide our decisions as we parent. Because after all, the Bible is the best parenting book you can buy.