Parenting by Faith

Biblical parenting is first of all an exercise in biblical faith. This fact makes biblical parenting different from every other parenting methodology. A journey of faith cannot always be accurately measured by visible markers. Other forms of parenting are measured by evaluating immediate responses -- if behavior doesn't change quickly, then the methods must not be correct. Thankfully, God calls us to trust him in faith. In biblical parenting, the primary objective is not to make the child happy, but to bring him to the cross of Christ. This, of course, will result in happiness for your child. But this happiness cannot be the primary goal.

Deuteronomy commands that children be taught about the things of God at all times during the day, not just when discipline needs to be administered. Parents are to bring the wonder of God to every corner of everyday life. Ephesians picks up on this perspective and adds the dimension of children obeying "in the Lord" in verse 1 of chapter 6. This teaches us that parental instruction begins with the commands of God, not with the behavior of children. Let me say that again:

Parental instruction begins with the commands of God, not with the behavior of children.

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