New Testament Parenting

The Spirit could use any verse to lead you in how to parent in any situation, but here are some verses to get you thinking about relying on His Word instead of your works to raise your children.

Love your children.  Titus 2:4  (1 Corinthians 13 tells what that looks like: patient, kind, keeps no record of wrong, not irritable, not demanding of its own way, never gives up…)

Fathers, don’t embitter your children.  Ephesians 6:4

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Matthew 7:12

Go the extra mile.  Matthew 5:41  (This is in context of someone doing something wrong towards you. You do something extra good towards them. This relates to the next verse.)

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  Romans 12:21

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, bearing with one another in love.  Ephesians 4:2

Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  1 Peter 4:8

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?  Romans 2:4

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.  Hebrews 12:11  (The word “sorrowful” here in some translations is “painful”, but that’s not what the Greek says, and everywhere else it is translated something like sorrow.)

Teach by example:

I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.  1 Corinthians 9:27

Do everything without disputing, arguing, complaining. Philippians 2:14

You can’t legislate salvation. You can’t enforce holiness. They are works of God alone, acquired by faith alone.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9