How the Bible is a Guide to Parenting
Parenting is not an easy endeavor like using a step-by-step recipe. Every person has unique qualities and characteristics specially custom-made and crafted by the hand of God, so when a child is brought under the care of a father and mother, or a single parent, the Bible does provide the foundational guide for the essential roles of the parents, as shown in these frequently-referenced Bible verses:
Never forget these commands that I am giving you today. Teach them to your children. Repeat them when you are at home and when you are away, when you are resting and when you are working. Tie them on your arms and wear them on your foreheads as a reminder. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing. The sons a man has when he is young are like arrows in a soldier’s hand. Happy is the man who has many such arrows. He will never be defeated when he meets his enemies in the place of judgment. (Psalms 127:3-5)
My child, pay attention to what your father and mother tell you. Their teaching will improve your character as a handsome turban or a necklace improves your appearance. (Proverbs 1:8-9)
Teach children how they should live, and they will remember it all their life. (Proverbs 22:6)
Parents, do not treat your children in such a way as to make them angry. Instead, raise them with Christian discipline and instruction. (Ephesians 6:4)
Endure what you suffer as being a father’s punishment; your suffering shows that God is treating you as his children. Was there ever a child who was not punished by his father? (Hebrews 12:7)
American Bible Society has published an Uncover the Word reading plan about parenting, in partnership with the YouVersion Bible app — take 7 days to immerse yourself into this Bible reading plan on parenting.
For more reading, here are some well-curated lists of Bible verses about parenting:
- 29 Bible Verses about Parenting openbible.info/topics/parenting
- 20 Important Bible Verses for Parents whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-important-bible-verses-for-parents/
- Bible Verses About Parenting kingjamesbibleonline.org/Bible-Verses-About-Parenting/
- 31 Bible Verses about Parents Duty To Children bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Parents-Duty-To-Children
- Key Principles For Parents (Various Scriptures) bible.org/seriespage/lesson-10-key-principles-parents-various-scriptures
Developing further on the Bible’s exhortation for Christian parenting are ministry resources like these:
Top 10 Christian Parenting Websites, according to Tony Kummer (Children’s Pastor of a small Baptist church in Indiana and founder of Ministry-To-Children.com)
LifeWay has 257 parenting articles lifeway.com/n/Christian-Living/Parenting
400+ articles at whatsinthebible.com/topic/parenting-and-family/
Family Life familylife.com/articles/topics/parenting
Focus on the Family focusonthefamily.com/parenting
Christianity Today christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/category/marriage-family/parenting/
Christian Parenting and Family Resources at Crosswalk.com — with Biblical principles for Christian families and resources for new parents, and single parents. Find resources to help you raise your children according to the Bible and Jesus.
Parenting with Scripture is “an easy to use topical resources that parents of toddlers through teens can rely on when teachable moments arise” based on the book and blog authored by Kara Durbin
What other websites or resources have you found helpful in Christian parenting? Please add a comment and share it.
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