The greatest power of influence you possess is love.
So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. 1 Cor 12:31
Without love I am an irritant, I am nothing, and I have gained nothing in my faith.(1 Cor 13:1-3 paraphrased)
You won’t get faith if you don’t get love.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. 1 John 4:16-17
God’s plan … Christians are “God’s love with skin and to teach by overflow..
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Col 3:15-17
12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. 14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. Heb 5:12-14
Parenting is Loving Influence Not Control
1) Provide unconditional third place love.
Kids will feel loved and secure if God is first, spouse is second.
Experience love and commitment
2) Your family is home schooling for life.
- Spiritual training
- Relational skills
- Emotional Management
- How to have clean fun
- Servant minded
- Attitude of gratitude
- Conflict management
- How to treat spouse and parent children
3) Your life is a school for others who are watching.
…you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 1 Peter 3:15-16