Parents often feel they are thrust into a position for which they are thoroughly unprepared. What are the Biblical solutions to know how to parent your child?
A basic understanding of child development, along with the art of positive disciplining, will serve you well as you try to become the parent God wants you to be. The first important step is to go to God’s Word. Ephesians 6:4 “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Following the passage in 1 Thessalonians 2:7–12 where Paul wrote how to “parent” the church, gives us an idea of parenting according to the Biblical model:
- 1 Thessalonians 2:7,9 – Be a blessing and not a burden to your children.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:7 – Be gentle with your children.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:8 – Be aware that being a parent is a calling as it was a calling to Paul, “one sent forth” (apostle) from God.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:8 – As a parent be an avenue of God’s love to your children, by sharing the life-changing truth of Christ with them.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:8 – Be willing to share yourself with your children.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:9 – Be willing to endure hardships for the benefit of your children.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:10 – Be a blameless example of righteousness to your children.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:11 – Be a parent who commits to lead, guide and protect your children.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:12 – Be an encouragement and comfort to your children.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:12 – Encourage your child to live responsibly and godly.
Who can be a parent and comply with these characteristics? Though you might feel that is a too high standard, God knows how you feel – ask Him for help and He will give you strength, courage, and faith to carry out this task – trust Him and do your best!