Talking from experience and what I see out there, it is safe to say that many of us didn’t have a clue as to what parenthood meant when we embarked on that journey. We went into marriage not as wholesome people but as individuals having issues that we were battling with. However, when we came to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, we learnt how much Jesus loves us and how He treats us.
I want to share some insights on the topic of parenthood, not as someone who has it all together as I don’t. I certainly make mistakes like everyone else but I have learnt a few things along the way which I believe are worth sharing if only to help those who are just embarking on this challenging yet fulfilling task of parenthood.
God made us in His own image the Bible says. There is no better way to reflect this other than through the experience of procreation. Children are not to be seen only as a by-product of a biological function but also as a God given responsibility for the purpose of making God’s will to be fulfilled on earth.
There are clear principles for rearing children as laid down in the Bible, such as: –
1) Loving – Children learn how to relate to others and their spouses later in life from what they observed in their parents. We must treat our children with love, respect and honour. That way they learn to give the same to others. A consistently soft spoken word will eventually bring the desired result.
2) Teaching – Spiritual truths must be taught to children. Children are not the responsibility of the School or Church. They must be nurtured and taught primarily by their parents. As parents, we must have a way of teaching the Word of God to our children, showing them how to live the life God has given so that they can influence their world. The Word of God is the truth which once imbibed has the power to change people’s lives for the best.
3) Disciplining – Parents are to lead their children to go God’s way through proper and consistent discipline. This is not to say, however, that some children don’t go astray. They learn much from observing wrong actions and they take it on board in their own lives.
Just like Jesus taught the disciples how to be servants to one another through His examples, so also should parents. Parents should show their children good examples. They in turn will turn out to be what God wants them to be – Champions.
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