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Sun, Jul 15, 2018

Principles of Biblical Parenting II

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There is no greater task given to men and women on earth by God than parenting. By parenting or child rearing, we mean the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Unfortunately, despite its importance, parenting is hardly taught as a subject in school or even in church to everyone that may be entrusted with the task of parenting. The Bible is full of information about parenting, and in fact, God uses the imagery of parenting to describe His relationship with His people.

There is no greater task given to men and women on earth by God than parenting. By parenting or child rearing, we mean the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Unfortunately, despite its importance, parenting is hardly taught as a subject in school or even in church to everyone that may be entrusted with the task of parenting.

The Bible is full of information about parenting, and in fact, God uses the imagery of parenting to describe His relationship with His people. What, then, are the principles of parenting that we can discover in the Bible? The first is the Principle of Ownership. God is the Owner of the children that are born into our families. Therefore, parents are only stewards and care-givers of the children God gives them.

We are to bring up our children to fit in with God’s plan and purpose for their lives and not in a way that will conform to the standard of the world in which they live. The second is the Principle of Joint Responsibility in Parenting. God has assigned the responsibility for the parenting of children to both of the parents, that is, the father and the mother. This is one of the implications of their oneness in marriage, as it is written in Genesis 2:24-24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”

In carrying out this joint responsibility of parenting their children, the father and the mother work as a team. While the father is the leader of the team, the mother should function as a very important member of the team. The third is the Principle of Training. The goal of every parent should be to bring up children who will become mature adults that will be able to take care of themselves and fulfill the purpose of God for their lives. It is said of our Lord Jesus Christ that He “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).

The writer of Proverbs enjoins parents to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (22:6). If a child will not be perpetually dependent on his parents or be a burden on other individuals or be a problem to the larger society, he should be given at least three types of training. These are home training; educational and/or vocational training; and spiritual training. The fourth is the Principle of Disciplining. Parents have the duty of disciplining their children so that they can turn out to be what God wants them to be.

Failure to discipline our children is the reason for many acts of brigandage and the sorrow and embarrassment that children routinely cause their parents. Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior using punishment to correct disobedience. God views very seriously any form of disobedience or rebellion on the part of children that He orders their being stoned to death (Deut. 21:18-21). The fifth is the Principle of Rewarding.

Parenting is not an easy task. It takes a lot of effort and the expenditure of a lot of physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual resources to help children to become responsible adults. Many parents balk at the idea of having to make so much sacrifices for their children, and so they would rather look after themselves instead of their children. However, we learn from the Bible that parenting can be a very rewarding task if we carry it out according to the will of God and to the glory of His name.

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