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Episode 17 // How can I be a good parent? Let’s apply 4 helpful Bible passages to this key parenting question.

Every parent wonders what they need to do to be a good parent. How do we care for, teach, and lead our kids in this crazy world? We worry about how our kids will turn out. It is so easy to question our decisions and for the “mom guilt” to sneak in. 

If you are a parent or plan to be, this podcast episode will provide a helpful application of 4 common Bible passages to the topic of parenting.

Sure, we might already be familiar with the Bible passages that are specifically about parenting. But God has written every word of Scripture for our instruction, conviction, correction, and training – which tells me, it all applies to our parenting!

So hit play, my friend, and let’s dig into these 4 Bible verses and be encouraged and equipped in godly parenting today.

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Episode Show Notes

From the moment we find out we’re pregnant, every mom starts wondering… What do I need to do in order to be a GOOD parent?

That is big question. 

And we can’t answer it in one podcast episode! 

But we can trust that God has given us all of the direction that we need for our parenting – and we find it in the Bible. 

There are plenty of Bible passages that are specifically about parenting. Today, we’re not looking at those. We are going to dig into 4 popular Scripture passages that are not commonly applied to parenting, and see what we can learn about Christian parenting from these verses. 

The four passages that we want to explore are:

  • Galatians 5:22-23  – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law

Parent by the fruit of the Spirit. Your words. How you handle conflict. What you teach your children and model for them. Discipline strategies. This should all be led by the fruit of the Spirit. 

  • Ephesians 5:21 – Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

This includes your children! Submit to your children out of reverence for Christ. Get to know them and approach them as individuals. Ask question and talk with them about the things that are important to them. Join them in the activities that they enjoy. 

  • 1 Corinthians 13:14-15 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Let your children see you model this type of love with other people. They will notice how you speak to others. Show gratitude more than grumbling to your kids. Find opportunities to include your kids in loving others too, such as serving. 

  • Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Spur your children on toward good deeds. Encourage them. Don’t give up meeting together as a family, even when you’re busy. Don’t give up meeting together with your church family – include your children in church life.

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