PARENTING DONE GOD'S WAY
Parenting, done God’s way.
What does the Bible say about it!
This mini devotion is a great tool to help you to discuss practical Biblical truths with your children. It addresses common behavior problems such as self-control, obedience, wholesome talk and the treatment of others.
Feel free to print out and meditate on them.
God teaches us how to live right:
Titus 2:11-12: “God has shown us how kind he is by coming to save all peo- ple. He taught us to give up our wicked ways and our worldly desires and to live decent and honest lives in this world.”
God doesn’t want a little of us to obey Him. He wants ALL of us to obey Him:
Leviticus 18:4: “I am the LORD your God, and you must obey my teach- ings.”
We need to use what we say to help others feel better, not hurt them:
Ephesians 4:29: “Stop all your dirty talk. Say the right thing at the right time and help others by what you say.”
Controlling what we say is hard, but if you work at it, it will be easier to be- have in other areas too:
James 3:2: “All of us do many wrong things. But if you can control your tongue, you are mature and able to control your whole body.”
Don’t start arguments, stop them!
Proverbs 15:1: “A kind answer soothes angry feelings, but harsh words stir them up.”
Put others first, before yourself, and you will please God:
Philippians 2:3: “Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than your- selves.”
God showed great kind- ness to us by sending Je- sus. We need to show this same kindness to others:
Ephesians 4:31-32: “Stop being bitter and angry and mad at others. Don’t yell at one another or curse each
Lord, give me wisdom. Help me to see my children as who You designed them to be, instead of the images I have set up in my mind of who I’d like them to become. I may think it’s important that my children get good grades or do well in sports, but I know that You see each of my children’s future and You’ve designed each child to carry out a special role on this earth that will help to glorify You and impact others in a positive way. Help me to be more concerned with values and habits that will impact my children for a lifetime, instead of filling up their time with activities that the world says is important. As Psalm 139:14 says, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Lord, don’t allow me to try to put my children into cookie cutters after You’ve created them complex and marvelous.” In Jesus Name, Amen.