Much like how our behavior within our home will set the tone for how our children interact with the Bible, so will the overall environment. I have learned that there are times the Holy Spirit will caution me about certain friends, schools, or even outings for my children to participate in. For some families, this may mean making a choice to start going to church or to no longer allow certain friendships. Whatever the case may be, Holy Spirit-led parents have to become accustomed to giving uncomfortable (but well-needed) “no’s.” Although every environment will mot be Christian or reflect your beliefs, those who are in your inner circle should model what you stand for in Christ.
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’" (1 Corinthians 15:33)
6. Love them well.
The best way to parent with the Holy Spirit is to operate in His love. When we make a choice to love our children in a way that reflects God’s heart, we are forced to act differently in parenting. The way we interact with our children will now become filtered through the lens of 1 Corinthians 13. For some reason, it can be easy to forget that the way God loves us is the same way He wants us to love our children. Thus, at any moment we should be able to pause and go through this list of ways God loves.
Before I respond, I ask myself if my love and actions are characterized by these things:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 14:4-8)
When you choose to operate in love, you will find that you will become a “safe place” for your child to be vulnerable with their emotions and to ask questions about their faith.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:7)
Overall, parenting is an excellent opportunity to do God’s will on Earth. Parenting is not a burden, but a way we can grow in the Lord and help those in our care to draw closer to Him. With intentional seeking of the Lord, and actions that reflect our faith, we can be confident in our parenting and be examples of God’s love, relying on the work of His Spirit.
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