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Parenting is an Awesome Responsibility

by Dale Grissom

Children are a gift from God, but they come with an awesome responsibility. Our heavenly Father, however, did not simply bless us with offspring and then leave us to fend for ourselves. He provided us with a manual - the Bible - in which parents are instructed to discipline their children (Proverbs 19:18; 22:6), and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

We are living in a society that, for the most part, condones divorce for any reason. As a result of that lax attitude toward marriage and the family, some fifteen million American children are growing up in one-parent homes. Children in such circumstances are much more likely to drop out of school, get in trouble with the law, or become pregnant as teenagers than those who are reared in stable two-parent homes.

Christians should know better. We are to be students of God's Word so that we will know what His will is for our lives. When we fail to avail ourselves of a good Bible knowledge, as well as the friendship of other Christians, we run the risk of being influenced by the forces of Satan rather than by God. "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21).

Many of these sins have consequences that last an earthly lifetime, and those that are not repented of can cause a soul to be eternally lost.

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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