“Parenting (New Series) - Lesson 1: Love”
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 Jn 4
Do you find parenting to be overwhelming? It's easy as a parent to merely react to problems as they arise. It's easy to follow the flesh and allow the home to be ruled by the works of the flesh: enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, etc. (Gal 5:19-21)
This year we will be exploring what proactive parenting looks like. Instead of merely reacting, how can we proactively create an environment where our children can flourish and grow to become more like Christ? How can we fill our homes with the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. (Gal 5:22-23)
In this monthly series, beginning in January with Love, we will be looking at the Fruit of the Spirit and how we as parents can encourage and develop these characteristics in our children... and ourselves!
Lesson 1: Love
In this lesson we will look at the two greatest commands: "love God" and "love your neighbor" and how godly parenting is the bridge between these two commands. As our children learn respect in the home, they are learning to respect God and their fellow man.
We'll look also at the biblical definition of foolishness and what the goal of godly discipline is the drive out folly in our children (Prov 22:15)
Finally, we will consider the greatest weapon we have in the battle for our children's hearts; a tool that is even more powerful than the rod in winning the battle for the souls of our children!