Once a couple has crossed the threshold of marriage and begins having children, Pastor Mike gives very practical lessons in fostering healthy relationships between parents and their children.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV
Lessons to Teach
1. Who God Is.
God is love.
1 John 4:8b NASB
2. Each child is unique.
So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:27 NLT
3. God has a purpose and a plan.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55: 8-9 NASB
4.Make family the priority.
5. Find a healthy pace.
Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalms 46:10 NIV
6. Be clear with discipline and direction.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 NASB
7. Model how to make decisions.
Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
Proverbs 22:6 NLT