Enjoy Today’s GUEST POST-Top 5 Parenting Scriptures by Mimi Rothschild
Parenting is hard, especially if you strive to do it well. Thankfully, there are plenty of verses in Scripture to turn to for strength, reassurance, and guidance as you work to raise righteous, kind, intelligent, and respectful children. When you have a moment to sit and reflect, read these top 5 parenting Scriptures and know that you are not alone in the battle.
- Matthew 18:12-14 ESV What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. This verse should remind parents that they are caring for precious children that have been entrusted to their care by the Lord. Rather than feeling pressure to be perfect, parents should be comforted that they are not alone in loving and caring for their children but can turn to the Lord for help and guidance.
- Proverbs 22:6 ESV Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Is a parent’s duty to teach children how to make good choices, care for others, and be responsible adults. Children who are taught about consequences and Godly choices early in life may not always be perfect Christian adults but they will always have the foundation of Biblical principles and appropriate behavior to default to when faced with tough decisions. Children raised in the church are more likely to raise their own children as Christians so parents are setting a standard for future generations.
- Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will bring delight to your heart. Solomon wrote his wisdom in Proverbs to teach the Israelites how to live and raise their children. This verse is not necessarily prescribing corporal punishment but it does advise parents to set limits and boundaries and allow for consequences for poor choices. A child who has learned to respect others and follow rules can be allowed more freedom as he gets older because parents can trust that he knows to do the right thing.
- Ephesians 2:10 ESV For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Paul wanted to encourage the church in Ephesus and remind them that, as Christians, they were saved by faith rather than anything they did to earn salvation. But merciful salvation did not preclude them from the work God had prepared for them. Parents can rest in the knowledge that God has equipped them for the job of raising children and can help children understand that she was created by God for a purpose and saved through the mercy of Jesus; there is nothing a child can do that will make God stop loving her. Because of that grace, however, children should be motivated to serve others, use the talents God has given her, and spread the news of God’s love and Jesus’ mercy to others.
- John 3:16 ESV For God so loved world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. This favorite verse simply reminds both parents and children of God’s love and the incredible gift he gave us in Jesus. We are saved by grace through faith and that should be a great comfort for parents and children alike.
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.