WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT PARENTING? – Hebrews 12

Finally! Someone has written a book that is long overdo for the over indulgent parents of this country.

I rarely watch network or live TV anymore, and I stopped watching the “News” over 25 years ago, but I happened to see an interview about a book that stopped in my tracks a couple of years ago.

The author was saying how we have become a society bent on four words and especially for our children…MORE, EASY, FAST, AND FUN. Of course, you can apply these familiar words to every age bracket these days.

Across the Earth, far too many people in every society have been mentally conditioned, their environments prepped, and attitudes altered for our “modern” world.

As long as we cater to giving them MORE, making everything EASIER, getting everything FASTER, and making life always FUN, our children will love us for it, and we won’t have to deal with them as much.

I’ve had to be on guard with myself, trying not to let the electronic babysitters of the often evil, wild west of the internet, a place filled with scum and villainy, take over my duty to raise my children in the Lord.

Spending time with our kids must be a priority!

Fast food, computers, phones, which are portable supercomputers, video games, apps, social media, texting, or whatever it takes to satisfy youthful cravings, have become substitutes for natural parenting and family communication.

Unfortunately, these have become the order of the day for far too many families.

Those may be the things that kids WANT these days but what they NEED is their moms and dads to learn to say NO.

Something vital to the upbringing of children disappeared into the background as indulgence took over …DISCIPLINE.

The book’s author says that we are now suffering from DISCIPLINE Deficit Disorder. Amen to that!

Many decades ago, a completely wrong concept became popular, if you discipline a child, you might harm little Jonny or sweet Jenny somehow.

But teaching a child that there are limits and expectations of behavior is not only the right thing to do… it is entirely Biblical!

Needless to say, our families are under attack from the forces of evil.

Since the garden of Eden, SATAN has had a mission to divide and conquer the God created family unit.

The Devil can not create anything, but he sure knows how to use temptation and sin to utterly decimate and destroy!

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child I the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Training our children is accomplished by setting boundaries and expectations and maintaining “do’s and don’ts.”

If someone is training for a sport, they exercise, eat right, and abstain from vices that would hinder their training. In other words, there are some things to which they must say NO.

At the same time, training up a child indicates a direct positive influence and direction given to that young life.

Ephesians 6:4 instructs “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.’

Any parent who hopes to bring their children up to become Christians must use corrective discipline and positive instruction and encouragement.

From Hebrews:

And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by him.

For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure.

God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?

If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.

Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them.

Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?

For they disciplined us for a short time at their pleasure, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:5‭-‬11 RSV

As parents, God has given us a responsibility; let’s not give in to “MORE EASY, FAST AND FUN.”

Our children’s souls are at stake.

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

A good man obtains favor from the Lord, but a man of evil DEVICES he condemns.

Proverbs 12:1‭-‬2 RSV

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