Passing the Faith Along Part Two: The Essence of Godly Parenting

Selfless Love

2 Corinthians 12:14–15 (NKJV) – 14 Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved.

The love of Paul for the church is an example of the love a parent should have for his or her children.

Honest, Consistent Modeling

Ephesians 6:4 (NKJV) – 4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Colossians 3:21 (NKJV) – 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Do not provoke your children to wrath.

Another version (NASB) says “do not exasperate your children.”

When the modeling you provide your children is inconsistent, you cannot expect positive results.

Protection

Hebrews 11:23–29 (NKJV)
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

The Results of Good Parenting

24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.

Takeaway Thoughts

Parents have a responsibility to parent in a Godly fashion
Parents have a responsibility to offer:

Selfless Love
Consistent Modeling
Protection

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