I’m just like you, moms. I’m worn out, assuming I’m scarring the children, forgetting to get the right things at the grocery store so that we have to go roughly once a day, and in general need of inspiration. As a believing mom, the Bible is where it’s at for me. So I’m very interested in Bible verses about parenting to help me through mom life.
God’s word is not laid out like a parenting manual. There are times I’d really love the Bible to answer very specific questions like these:
- What is the recommended discipline for children who locked their mother in a shed?
- What does one do when your sick preschooler suddenly wants to stay up until 9PM after having a dose of albuterol?
- How much Easter candy is too much? Please be precise.
- How do I get silly putty out of clothing, furniture, carpet, and every substance known to man that it will inevitably get stuck on and stain?
Well, God gives us parents lots of freedom instead of answering questions like this in His word. That being said, He models parenting for us constantly, and I’ve received lots of wisdom by studying the moms of the Bible.
Bible Verses About Parenting
These biblical parenting verses provide really wonderful, wise advice and guidance. I share these not to convict your or make you focus on your flaws, but to inspire you.
I’m so glad that I can use the Bible as my parenting manual!
Here are a few of my favorite verses written directly to parents.
And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
Direct your children onto the right path,
and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind
and will make your heart glad.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
Parents, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.
Here are my favorite Bible verses that share God’s character as a parent to his children.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t be upset when he corrects you.
For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
1 John 3:1
I hope you’re inspired by God’s word and that it permeates your life, including how you parent. We aren’t perfect moms, but we have the perfect model.
If you want to know more, check out Kristina’s post called The One and Only Parenting Book You’ll Ever Need. And keep in mind that first and foremost, God is a loving parent.