Saturday, March 25, 2006

Parenting 101

Moms, here's the next installment of bible verses to aid you in raising your little blessings [from Lou Priolo's Teach Them Diligently: How to Use the Scriptures in Child Training (Woodruff: Timeless Texts, 2000), 131-143].

Intemperance (lack of self-control)
Prov.25:28 "(Like) a city that is broken into (and) without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit."
Additional references: Prov.29:11; Prov.16:32; 1 Cor.9:25-27; 2 Pet.1:5-6

Prov.18:2,13 "A fool does not delight in understanding, But only in revealing his own mind. He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him."
Additional references: Eccl.3:7; 1 Cor.13:5; Titus 2:6; 1 Pet.1:13

Judging Wrongfully (motives, disputable issues, the Law)
John 7:24 "Do not judge according to apearance, but judge with a righteous judgement."
Additional references: Is.11:3,4; Matt.7:1,2; Rom.14:3,4,10-13; 1 Cor.4:3-5; James 4:11,12

1 Cor.13:4 "Love... is not jealous."
Additional references: Prov.14:30; Prov.23:17; Prov.27:4; Rom.13:13; Gal.5:26; 1 Pet.2:1,2

Lam.3:27,28 "(It is) good for a man that he should bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and be silent since He has laid (it) on him."
Additional references: Ps.37:4; Ps.38:11; Lam.3:24-40; John 16:32

Love of Approval (pleasing people)
John 12:42-43 "Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing (him), lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God."
Additional references: Prov.29:25; Matt.23:5-7; Gal.1:10; Col.3:22

Love of Money
1 Tim.6:10 "For the love of money is a root of all (kinds of) evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
Additional references: Matt.6:24; 2 Tim.3:1-5

Love of Pleasure
James 4:1 "What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?"
Additional references: Prov.21:17; 2 Tim.3:4

Love of Self
Luke 9:23-24 "And He was saying to (them) all, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.'"
Additional references: Matt.20:26-28; 1 Cor.10:24; 1 Cor.13:5

Prov.12:22 "Lying lips 9are) an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully (are) His delight."
Additional references: Job 27:4; Prov.6:16-19; Eph.4:25; 1 Pet.3:10

Misuse of the Body (over/undereating, uncleanness, etc.)
Gal.5:16-18 "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law."
Additional references: Rom.8:5-8; Rom.13:14; 2 Cor.7:1; 1 Pet.2:11

1 Pet.5:5-6 "Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 'God opposes the proud, but gives grace tothe humble.' Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time."
Additional refences: Prov.8:13; Gal.6:3-4; James 4:6; 2 Tim.2:24-26

James 4:1 "What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?"
Additional references: Prov.13:10; 1 Cor.1:11-13; Phil.2:1-11; 1 Tim.3:3

Rom12:21 "Do not be overcome by eveil, but overcome evil with good."
Additional refereces: Ps.35; Is.53; Rom.12:17-21; Eph.4:31,32

1 Cor.10:31 "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
Additional references: Prov.6:6-11; Prov.14:23; Prov.19:15; Prov.20:13; Prov.26:13-16; 2 Thess.3:10

Eph.4:28 "Let him who sole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with (his) hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need."
Additional references: Ex.20:15; Matt.15:17-20; 1 Pet.4:15

Of course, remember that these lists are not exhaustive. There are many other scripture passages that can be used to encourage your children to walk in the Ways of God. My prayer is that we will be faithful to use God's Word as a "rod and staff", both to correct and to guide... and that ultimately He will be praised through our lives and our children's lives.

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