Market Street Baptist Church sbc 12964 Market Street, Houston, Texas 77015-6002
In May and June we celebrate Mother and Father's Day. This is a good time to reflect on the role we have played and are playing in the lives of our children.
The dictionary defines parent as the caregiver of a child. Make sure children are healthy and safe, equip them with the skills and resources to succeed as adults, and transmit basic cultural values to them. Parents and caregivers offer their children love, acceptance, appreciation, encouragement, and guidance. What does the Bible say about being a parent? It has a lot to say about raising our children to be men and women of God. The very first thing is to teach them God's Word along with being a godly example ourselves. We need to follow Deuteronomy 6:7-9: Impress them (instruction) 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. Discipline and instruction are integral parts of being a good parent. Children who grow up undisciplined lack direction and self-control. As they get older they rebel against any kind of authority, even God's, become resentful and discouraged. Discipline must be balanced with love. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Being a good parent is all about raising children who will follow our example in obeying and worshipping the Lord. Also, the raising of a child is not the responsibility ot the school teacher or the Sunday School teacher. It belongs to mom and dad!