Parenting can be tough. Ask Dan Delzell, pastor of Wellspring Church in Papillion, Nebraska, the father of two daughters and two sons, now in age between 24 and 19. From the beginning of their marriage, Dan and his wife set out to raise their children to grow in a personal, loving relationship with Jesus Christ.
He offers five key tips on how to do so:
1. Pray over each child from the day he or she enters your family.
“The Holy Spirit flows powerfully whenever believers offer up faith-filled prayers for their children,” writes Delzell. “And young hearts are profoundly influenced by the love of God and the loving prayers of their parents.”
2. Seize teachable moments every day as you bring the love of Jesus into the discussion.
Delzell explains that during the formative years between 2 and 5, his children often heard about God’s love for them, including the message of the cross—their Savior who died to atone for their sins.
3. Articulate boundaries while also allowing each child the space to “breathe” spiritually and enjoy their relationship with Christ.
“Christianity runs much deeper than merely “obeying a set of rules,” writes Dan, adding that “rules without relationships lead to rebellion.”
4. Demonstrate confession and forgiveness frequently with your spouse and children.
Delzell urges parents to be quick to apologize to their children and spouses when they have sinned against them. This guards against giving children the sense that they don’t need to apologize to someone if they harm them.
5. Meet at least weekly with other Christians.
“Every child needs a loving and safe home, and every child of God needs a loving and safe church family,” he writes.
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