Biblical Parenting Principles

 

 

1.     From birth, children are off to a bad start spiritually

·       Sinful (Ps 51:5)

·       Evil (Gen 8:21)

·       Selfish (Isa.53:6)

·       Immature in talking, thinking and reasoning (1Cor13:11)

·       Foolish and lacking wisdom (Pr 22:15)

 

2.     A child's role in the family

·       Follower of parents (Eph 6:1,2; Col 3:20)

·       Learner from parents (Eph 6:2; Lam 3:27)

·       Helper of parents (Lam 3:27,28)

 

3.     Parents' role in relation to children

·       Government while they are in the home (I Tim 3:4,5)

·       Executives / leaders (Deut 32:46)

·       Legislators / lawmakers (Pr 13:24)

·       Judges – to decide on right and wrong and see that all offences are properly punished in love (Pr 23:13)

·       Police – to monitor and control a right home environment (I Tim 3:4,5)

·       Teachers - especially in relation to the knowledge and practice of the Word of God (Deut 32:46)

·       Trainers - responsible for overall direction and motivation (Heb 12:11, Rev.3:19)

 

4.     Parents’ Communication

·       Encouraging (1Th.2:11,12)

·       Not exasperating (Eph.6:4)

·       Gentle, not harsh (Pr.15:1)

·       Firm, but not in anger (James 1:20)

·       Self-controlled, so as to reprove and discipline consistently - not according to mood or emotions (Pr 25:28)

 

5.     Parents’ best tool – the Word of God (Col.3:16, 2Tim.3:16,17)

·       Teaching - impart positive, practical knowledge

·       Rebuking / reproof – exposing wrongdoing or negligence and reprimanding appropriately

·       Correcting - reforming, making straight

·       Training – guide growth in preparation for future use in the world

·       Admonishing - warning of things that are wrong

 

6.     Results of failure to discipline children

·       Children eventually become rebellious (Pr 22:6)

·       Foolish (Pr 22:15)

·       Grief and bitterness for the parents (Pr 17:21,25)

·       Parents disgraced (lose face) (Pr 29:15)

 

7.     Results of successful discipline

·       Children will have wisdom (Pr 29:15) & a habit of obedience (Pr 22:6)

·       Parents will have

·       joy and gladness and delight (Pr 29:17)

·       peace and comfort (Pr 29:17)

·       hope for the child’s spiritual health/life (Pr19:18)