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The Apostle Paul on Parenting

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  • Dr. James Boyd

    Last week's study looked at 2 Cor. 1:8-9 and concluded that we should be more transparent with our struggles to live like Christ.  If our children never see us struggle, they will give up the first time that they face any difficulty in their walk with Jesus. This week we will look to 2 Cor. 1:2 to determine how we can parent more like God parents us. 

    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:2 (HCSB)


    This week's text is part of Paul's greeting to the church in Corinth.  He ends his greeting with the phrase "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."  The phrase that is of interest to us in the context of parenting is "grace to you and peace from God our Father."  Paul could have expressed his desire that the church experience grace and peace from God the Creator, from God the Redeemer, the Healer, the Savior, or any other name that describes God.  But Paul wished grace and peace to the Corinthians from their God and "Father."  This fact indicates a connection between the provision of grace and peace and a Father.  If God is the ideal Father and He gives grace and peace to his children, then as earthly fathers, we too ought to make it our goal to offer grace and peace to our children.  What does this look like? 

    Offering grace to children is declaring that they do not have to work for our affection or favor.  The love we have is absolutely unconditional. Disappointment with our children's actions is fine.  Correction for their mistakes is certainly expected.  But offering grace is offering them our unlimited, unmerited affection.  Offering peace to our children might mean that we are utterly responsible for maintaining a peaceful home, regardless of the buttons our children may push.  It may also mean that we teach our children how to resolve conflict peacefully.  It most certainly means, however, that we teach our children how to find peace with God.  As a parent, have you offered grace and peace to your children today?

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