Raise Them Right

 

February 23

 

Read Ephesians 6:1-4 (ESV)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

 

Reflect

Why should parents discipline and train their children in the instruction of the Lord?

 

Growing up, I didn’t like the discipline I received from my parents. In fact, I don’t know any children who do. However, I don’t know any children who don’t need any discipline. No human can be left to their own devices because we are all sinners. We have to be taught right from wrong or we will make selfish, destructive choices. My parents knew that I needed discipline.

 

Hebrews 12:6 says, “For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” He disciplines us because He loves us. He wants us to grow and mature and be prepared to handle the responsibilities that He gives us for His kingdom work. He also knows the consequences of sin so He has warned us and put His commandments in place for our own protection.

 

Likewise, if we love our children, we discipline them. We want them to obey us because we know what is best for them. We train them up in the instruction of the Lord because we know that is the only way that they can be saved. We set boundaries and have rules for them because we don’t want them to experience the dangerous consequences of sin.

 

But the Bible does not condone parents lording their authority over their kids or abusing them. Paul says “do not provoke your children to anger.” That doesn’t mean that your discipline will never make your children angry. We all know that kids sometimes stomp off and throw fits when they don’t get their way.

 

The intent here is that parents understand that they are not to be abusive, domineering, unreasonable, or cruel. The purpose of discipline is to correct their misbehavior, instruct them in wise and godly living, and teach them to respect godly authority. We should point out their sin but we should also point them to their Savior.

 

Friends, children are to submit to the authority of their parents but parents are called to love and train their children well. It is a big responsibility. If you are a parent or caregiver of a child, spend some time in prayer today asking for help to discipline your children in a way that honors God.

 

Pray

Father, thank You for Your perfect example of how to be a parent. Help me to have a godly influence on the children in my life. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Glory be to God. Truth....Amen, by the grace and help of God.
You said the way of the transgressor is hard, so Lord Jesus, teach me the discipline needed to keep me in a perfect relationship with You so that I offer no room to satan and his lies.
God bless you
Heavenly Father I Praise and Thank You for being The only True Teacher. For setting the example of how to raise our children You Bless us with, for they are not our children but Your's Father. I Thank You Lord for Your discipline to we Your Children in showing we are to lead with Your Love in all we do. In raising children it is to be with Your Love first to discipline with Love yet kindness, calm so they may understand why the discipline is occuring. Father we Praise You for the children You Bless us with through You. Please Father give us Your True courage and wisdom to always discipline with Your Love in Jesus name Amen
Amen
Amen
God discipline is the right way 🙏
Disciple is a promise from God with honor of parents and a good life obedient to the authority toward God and parents.
I have always been disciplined for my good. I sometimes issue discipline in an wrong manner. I will listen to God always. His ways are perfect.
Father God's ways of discipline and training lead to our happiness, when we accept and receive them from Him. This causes us to walk in the way He planned for us.
Father God discipline's those he loves (his children); and His training is the best for us, to guide us and show us how to live right; for our own benefit and good, and for His pleasure. God loves us and trains us how to live right.
Amen
Dear God, I have an almost 5 month daughter. I will raise her in the discipline way. I will love her and respect her, and cherish her and protect her. In Jesus’s name, amen. 🙏🙏🙏
Amen.
I love you Mom
God showed me in this that the best thing we can do is be a parent. It's the way we best learn how to be like Him in his love as our Father. To sit at Jesus feet like Mary and to be a mom for me is the best training in being conformed to be like Christ.
Amen.
To guardians, parents, and grandparents alike, this is another manifestation of love, no? What greater tasking could we have than to be responsible for teaching our children about Jesus and how to approach life with a distinctly Christian outlook? From my experience, prayer and introspection are my best tools to ensure that I am behaving as my Savior expects of me - especially in my parenting role. That is, I as a parent - I still need discipline myself and to be reminded of what my Christ expects of me... Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!!!
I agree, I made many mistakes with my own children but through trial and error, they survived. But I learned valuable lessons along the way. My grandchildren benefit from it.
Amen!
Loving your children means to teach them right from wrong. Discipline is a part of love for it corrects error in a way that causes us to desire righteousness. When we experience evil, sin we must be taught that it leads to death and destruction. The result of working for sinful desires will eventually kill us. Therefore if we really love our children we will teach them to walk the narrow path of righteousness that leads to eternal life. With our eyes open leaning on Jesus the entire way. He is our helper and our goal. It’s all about you Jesus. Amen
This is so true. I still pray for my children's guidance. They are all older now, but I remember MANY years of them rebellioning, the disrespect, the "I know everything" mentality. I've seen my kids go through things they necessarily didn't have to go through if they would have just listened. We all live & learn. As I parent I continue to pray that one day my children will come closer to The One True Father. Amen! 🙏🏼💙
Amen
Thanks nat, as a grand parent , hopefully I’ve learned from the mistakes made in raising our two children. We had lots of help from my wife’s parents . I’m still learning only now as a grandpa ... chaz
Very valuable.