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Great Parenting Goals 3 & 4

Frank Hamrick, Aug. 19, 2013

Proverbs 1:3

“To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity.”

Previously we have discussed two of the four goals that Christian parents should have for their own lives. Today we see the final two goals: to be possessed by judgment and equity.

Godly parents are possessed by good judgment. The Hebrew here for the word judgment refers to decision-making. Its biblical usage is especially applied to leaders. Wise parents make wise decisions. But where do they get that wisdom? When our knowledge and love of the Lord possesses our souls, we make wise decisions. When our decisions are based on biblical teaching, we make wise decisions. Salvation alone does not guarantee wise choices. Only knowledge of God guarantees such.

Godly parents are possessed by equity. The Hebrew word for equity is an interesting one. It simply means “ease, level, or smooth.” It gradually came to stand for the easy-going spirit of a person that causes them to be at peace with those around them. Level carries the concept of honesty and trustworthiness. These two ideas convey equity. The parent, possessed by equity, is at peace with his/her mate and children. Peace and love dominate the house rather than strife. One who enjoys God enjoys his children. One who is at peace with God is at peace with her family. The home becomes a haven for the children.

Do your children love to be around you? Are they happy at home, or does the atmosphere at home cause them to prefer being somewhere else? Do your children love to be around you? Do they sometimes choose to stay at home when they could be with their friends, simply because you are fun to be around?

Final thought: Ask God to give you peace with your children and to destroy any adversarial spirit you may have.

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