1 Thessalonians 2:11-12
For you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
Here is a great passage for parents! Writing to the Thessalonians, Paul likens his dealing with the believers to a father’s interaction with his children. We learn from these verses that there are three things parents should be doing.
- The Greek word here is parakaleo. It means “to call to one’s side,” “to summon,” “to invite.” The purpose of the invitation is to build confidence and courage in the heart. Parents, what a great reminder of what we should be doing. Let’s build up our children!
- This word means “to console.” It is used in John 11 when Lazarus died. Many friends came to “console” Mary and Martha. Sometimes our children don’t need more instruction or a lesson on how we handled a similar situation. Sometimes we need to replace our “walking uphill both ways in the snow” stories with heartfelt sympathy. Let’s demonstrate compassion.
- This word means “to insist” or “implore.” You are the parent! Being firm is not a fault. Being resolute is not wrong. Leaders lead…but don’t miss the goal: “to walk in a manner worthy of God.” We are charged to deliberately build into our children the framework of spiritual urgency that will allow them to make an impact with their lives in their world.
Parenting is intentional work. Let’s pray that God gives us the strength and courage to lead our children well.
Talking to God
Father, give us a passion to be the parents that you desire us to be. May we encourage, comfort, and urge our children on to be those who have a burning desire to follow hard after you. In Christ’s name. Amen.
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