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Six Great Bible Quotes for Parents

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, is an avid Bible student and loves to compile user-friendly Bible quotes by topic.

Six Great Bible quotes for Parents

Six Great Bible quotes 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.

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)

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

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)

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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.

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© 2013 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on February 09, 2014:

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

Disillusioned from Kerala, India on February 08, 2014:

Wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 22, 2013:

Thank you, Crafty. Have a great day!

CraftytotheCore on October 22, 2013:

Beautiful and refreshing MsDora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 16, 2013:

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

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 15, 2013:

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. ^

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 04, 2013:

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.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 04, 2013:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 12, 2013:

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

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on September 12, 2013:

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!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 23, 2013:

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

Martin D Gardner from Virginia Beach on August 23, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2013:

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

lovedoctor926 on July 27, 2013:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2013:

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

Scarlett Rain from Bakersfield on July 27, 2013:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 15, 2013:

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.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on July 15, 2013:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 14, 2013:

Nell Rose, thanks very much for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 14, 2013:

Frank, thanks for your kind comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 14, 2013:

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.

Nell Rose from England on July 14, 2013:

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on July 14, 2013:

a wonderful Hub MsDora words to share by :)

Richard Parr from Australia on July 14, 2013:

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

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 14, 2013:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 14, 2013:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 14, 2013:

Thank you, Mhatter for reading and sharing your opinion.

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on July 14, 2013:

Good choices. thank you

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 13, 2013:

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!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 13, 2013:

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.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 13, 2013:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on July 13, 2013:

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