Six Great Bible Verses for Parents

No matter our readiness when we become parents, we remain parents for the rest of our lives. Whether our children are infants who need constant care, or independent adults who manage their own lives, good parents feel obligated to offer whatever help they can. Parents need continual wisdom and strength.

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The following six verses are very helpful. The first establishes the proper approach to parenting; the second offers divine instruction concerning how to instruct the children; the other four point out the characteristics which all good parents develop. The knowledge and application of these Bible verses will empower daily and for the long haul.


Approach

(1) Children are a gift from the Lord,
they are a reward from him.
(Psalm 127: 3 NIV)

How would our attitude to our children be different if every time we looked at them (or thought of those who are far away), we whispered a prayer of thanks to God? They are His gifts to us.

The whole process of parenting helps us develop into the mature persons God intends us to be. For example, we see our personality in one of the children; we realize the far-reaching effect of our virtues or flaws. We see opposite qualities in another one; we learn to love other people who are not exactly like us. They create financial needs; we learn to make sacrifices and to trust in God’s provision. While we train them in the direction God wants them to go we learn, we teach and we pray. Our first reward is our own improvement.

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Instruction

(2) Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds . . . Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11: 18, 19 NIV)

We understand the significance of educating the children. This verse teaches that education is not limited to classroom activities. We instruct our children in teachable moments when we are sitting around the dinner table or around the television; when we are riding together or waiting at the stoplight; while we are in the supermarket or in the dentist’s office; when we retire at the end of the day. We also teach through the paintings on the wall, the logos on their T-shirts and the music we play. We can text or e-mail appropriate Bible verses and scripture principles in answer to questions. We are responsible for our children’s education and we can help them learn in a happy, comfortable, child-friendly atmosphere.

Nurture

(3) Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Colossians 3: 21 NKJV)

Primarily addressed to fathers, this verse reminds parents of their nurturing role. We are to encourage, not discourage; empower, not embitter. We provoke the smaller children by ignoring them, and by making promises we do not keep. We provoke the older children by pretending (outside the house) to be different than we truly are (inside the house). For example, we fuss with our spouses about being late, then the children watch us wait graciously for someone who doesn’t live with us; or we comfort strangers in a situation which is similar to that which we tell our own children is not a big deal. Children have a tendency to become upset with the parents’ God when they become upset with the parents.

Good parents are approachable, affectionate, and supportive. They give pleasure not provocation. Their children are happy to follow in their steps.

Influence

(4) The Lord is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations. (Numbers 14: 18 NLT)

First, this Bible verse establishes the fact that God loves us. That does not negate the universal law of sowing and reaping. Both good and evil bear fruit, and our tendencies and habits bear fruit in our children and their children. This should be enough to make us think and rethink the decisions we make, the activities we engage in, the relationships we form—in general, how we live our lives. We are powerful influences on our children. Parents with devious pasts who repent can pray like Moses (Number 14: 19): “In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since . . .” The children also should be taught the importance of surrendering their lives to God.

Courage

(5) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Sometimes the responsibility of parenting overwhelms us. At such times, we need to remember that we have supernatural help. We do not always involve God, but we should. “Nothing is too great for Him to bear . . . Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel.” (Ellen White in Steps to Christ). Share your parenting concerns with God and exchange your fear for His peace and courage.

Love

(6) Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13: 13)

Children who enjoy the love of their parents are among the most joyful and most productive. We have to love our children, no matter what. Love never fails. If we ever feel incapable of loving them, God the Source of love can help us love them. There are numerous stories about the power of a parent’s love; and no parent ever regrets loving his or her child. There is always hope for a child who has a loving and praying parent. Let's keep on loving them.

The Bible verses quoted in this article are from the New Living Translation unless noted otherwise.


© June 2013 by Dora Isaac Weithers. Click MORE for other articles by MsDora.

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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, MsDora, what a lovely hub here dear heart!!! Yes, these are most important six verses no doubt about it.

This is such a useful hub here for all parents and grandparents alike.

Very lovely how you have created this hub here to glorify our Lord God and His powerful Word.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Faith Reaper, thanks for your encouragement. The Word of God is always a good subject matter.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

MsDora this was and is wonderful. I have been around many blocks with many children. Women provoke their children to no purpose constantly. I am amazed at this truth. Women provoke their husbands to no purpose. I have never seen a man provoke a woman if not a direct issue.

I think you fail to address this real fact.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Eric, I appreciate your observation. Where are you standing looking at these women doing all the provoking? May I please have a talk with your wife? When she and I are through talking, I will write another article. Thanks for making me smile!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Good choices. thank you


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Mhatter for reading and sharing your opinion.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

There is great wisdom in the Bible if one is open and willing to learn. Well done, Dora. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Billybuc. Happy Sunday to you and family also.


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parrster 3 years ago from Oz

That was a great morning read MsDora. I especially gained from reading your words on influence; an important reminder. God bless.


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

a wonderful Hub MsDora words to share by :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Very wise words MsDora, and another great read from you, nell


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Parrster. Glad you gained something. Yea, that influence is serious business. Makes us parents think of how our lives now affect our children then.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Frank, thanks for your kind comment.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Nell Rose, thanks very much for your encouragement.


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denise.w.anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

Thank you, MsDora, for explaining the verse about God visiting the sins of the parents on the third and fourth generation of the children. I never thought of this as simply letting the natural consequences of their actions be felt. It always seemed a bit unfair, but you have shed new light on it for me. Thank you.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Denise, glad to help. I've read other explanations about generational curses and the like, but by whatever name we call it, it is the result of the seeds parents have sown. It is a sobering thought.


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Scarlett Rain 3 years ago from Bakersfield

This is a very helpful and insightful hub. One day when I decide to bring a new life into this world, I want to bring God into the child's life as well.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Trust God to help you, Scarlett, and you'll make a great mom.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Ms Dora, these are good choices for Bible verses. This hub is useful and insightful. thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

LoveDoctor, thank you for stopping by. Honored that you find my article useful!


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mdgardner 3 years ago from Virginia Beach

I really enjoyed reading this.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Welcome to HubPages. Honored that you enjoy my work. Thanks for letting me know.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thank you so much for writing this. It seems as though parents are not teaching their children the importance of these things. This is very helpful.

God bless you!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Michele, thank you for dropping by. I appreciate your support.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

I love these Bible verses Ms Dora. Maybe I should go back to my hobby again reading bible verses every night before going to bed.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Unknown, reading Bible verses before going to bed, is a really good habit. Maybe you should start doing it again. I'm glad you enjoyed these verses, and thank you for your comment.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

This is very good for parents to read and remember. We only have one chance with our children and we had better get it right the first time. I feel so sorry for children today, many with no guidance or direction. ^


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Jackie, you express my thoughts exactly. Thank you for your comment and counsel.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Beautiful and refreshing MsDora!


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Crafty. Have a great day!


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C.V.Rajan 2 years ago from Kerala, India

Wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

CV, happy to meet you. Glad you like my work. Thank you!

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