In the Word
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).
Of the Word
Jesus Christ has all authority over heaven and earth. He has saved all people from the consequences of their sin by suffering, dying, and rising again. He rules in heaven to all eternity.
In the parent/child relationship, Jesus has given authority to the parent. When decisions are made, the parent has final approval. If a rule has to be created, the children can be involved; but it is the parent who sets it. If punishment has to be administered, it is the parent’s responsibility to do so, followed quickly by forgiveness.
God commands children to “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). Faith-filled parenting considers the best interests of both child and family in all decisions.
Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Memorize and discuss the Ten Commandments.
Walking with my Lord
Father in heaven, when I am called upon to make decisions which affect the well-being of my family, grant me the wisdom to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance in all matters. May the authority bestowed upon me as parent be dispensed with love and compassion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 22/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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