Ever stop and think about the fact that there were no instructions attached to your precious child when he was born??? Sometimes I wish there would have been a step by step guide for each phase of the journey!
Though parenting styles may vary and trends on raising children often change through the years, one thing remains the same – God’s Word. I love that He loves children! I love that His Word values the importance of giving time to them, raising and nurturing them. I love that He gives us wisdom that we so desperately need, and that He covers us with grace when we feel like we’ve messed up – again.
As you’re well aware, raising children is an active, full-on, full-time job. But He hasn’t left us on our own (thank God!!!).
Here’s a look at some key verses on parenting that may give wisdom, insight, and encouragement for this most important responsibility in the world…be blessed on the journey!
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9
“Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” Proverbs 29:17
“Fathers, do not be so hard on your children that they will give up trying to do what is right.” Colossians 3:21
“To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.” Proverbs 29:15
“Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Psalm 127:3-5
“My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.” Proverbs 1:8-9
“Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:24
“All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13
“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'” Matthew 19:14
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:10
“Wise children pay attention when their parents correct them, but arrogant people never admit they are wrong.” Proverbs 13:1
“‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.'” Jeremiah 1:5-7
“And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.” Luke 2:40
“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.” Proverbs 23:24
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4
“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22
“Don’t hesitate to discipline children. A good spanking won’t kill them.” Proverbs 23:13
“It is foolish to ignore what your parents taught you; it is wise to accept their correction.” Proverbs 15:5
“My child,never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.” Proverbs 3:1-3
“You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15
“Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home, and your children will be like young olive trees around your table. A man who obeys the Lord will surely be blessed like this. May the Lord bless you from Zion…may you live to see your grandchildren!” Psalm 128:3-6
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
“My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.” Proverbs 23:15
“From the lips of children and infants, you have ordained praise.” Matthew 21:16
“And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.” Luke 11:11-13
“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.” Psalm 112:1-2
“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5