Proverbs 16 offers key, comprehensive insights about establishing authority on the basis of righteousness; this kind of authority encourages. Here are five selected Proverbs from this chapter: Proverbs 16:3
You must be sold out to God! Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Your commitment to God must be total. You are committing all of your life to honor God. In parenting this means a commitment to use God’s methods to accomplish God's purpose. Authority without this commitment is destructive and frustrating!
Your word as a parent must be consistent and trustworthy. Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.
This couplet stresses the importance of integrity in leadership. Authority must be accompanied by personal integrity. Forgetting to keep promises made weighs heavily on children. Give careful thought to what you promise. Nothing leads to discouragement faster than broken promises.