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Six Great Bible Quotes for Parents

Updated on December 10, 2018
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MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

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.


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.

1) Approach

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

How would our approach to parenting be different if every time we looked at our children (or thought of those who are away from home), we whispered a prayer of thanks to God? It helps to embrace them as His gifts to us.

  • The whole process of parenting helps us develop into the mature persons God intends us to be.
  • When we see some of our personality traits in our children, we realize the far-reaching effect of our virtues or flaws.
  • When we see in them qualities that we do not have, we learn to love other people who are not exactly like us.
  • When 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.

The first reward of good parenting is the parents' self-improvement.

2) Instruction

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.

3) Nurture

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

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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.

4) Influence

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." The children also should be taught the importance of surrendering their lives to God.

5) Courage

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)

Mother (and Father), Do Not Fear

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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.

6) Love

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.

© 2013 Dora Weithers


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    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      4 years ago from Kerala, India

      Wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Crafty. Have a great day!

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful and refreshing MsDora!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 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. ^

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Not Found 

      5 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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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Michele Travis 

      5 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!

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Martin D Gardner 

      5 years ago from Virginia Beach

      I really enjoyed reading this.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      5 years ago

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

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Scarlett Rain 

      5 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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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Denise W Anderson 

      5 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.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nell Rose, thanks very much for your encouragement.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, thanks for your kind comment.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

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

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      a wonderful Hub MsDora words to share by :)

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      Richard Parr 

      5 years ago from Australia

      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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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Bill Holland 

      5 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.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Mhatter for reading and sharing your opinion.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good choices. thank you

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      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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      Eric Dierker 

      5 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.

    • MsDora profile imageAUTHOR

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 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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