Welcome to Gentle Christian Parenting, a place for moms and all care-givers of children to find connection, biblical wisdom, and encouragement for raising up children in a God honoring, gentle way.
What is Christian Parenting?
“Christian” parenting, as defined by our current Christian sub-culture is changing. Many believers who have endured through the authoritarian influences of the 1970’s are questioning the popular teaching of that time. Authoritarian parenting rose up in a knee-jerk reaction to the 1960’s, and some called it Christian.
If we weren’t living in the aftermath of these teachings, this site would be called “Christian Parenting.” Everything you’ll find here is Christ-centered. But the times call for us to differentiate, by adding “gentle.”
Parenting From A Christian Perspective
We define Christian parenting as parenting after the model of Jesus -in his words, ways, and commands. As those who are connected to the vine, we should see the fruit of the Spirit in our homes. This includes gentleness.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”Galatians 5:22-23
Some believe that the Bible is virtually silent about parenting. While the Bible may not explicitly label something as applying to parenting, it is filled with relevant teaching for parents. We believe..
Jesus is the best example for Christians in all areas of life, especially parenting.
Parenting is our primary mission field and ministry.
Children should be honored as gifts on loan from God.
Gentle Christian parenting takes into account that neither parents nor children are perfect by their own efforts. We don’t believe that “good” children who are perfectly and unquestioningly obedient have any special favor with God nor any edge on gaining His acceptance.
“All of us have become like something unclean, and all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment,” (Isaiah 64:6, HCSB).
Rather, we believe that all are in need of the righteousness of Christ. We don’t need to be perfect, because he was perfect. What we need is to know, lean on, and draw from Christ as our source.
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Positive Parenting is generally accepted to mean parenting by influence that comes from connection and empathy. This approach doesn’t incorporate threats, fear, and punishment to lead.
How is this like Christ? Well, Jesus doesn’t lead us with threats or fear either. As he said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commands.” (John 14:15). Being good or obedient will never please God without Christ. Rather, it is a relationship with Jesus that leads to salvation and obedience."Being good or obedient will never please God without Christ. Rather, it is a relationship with Jesus that leads to salvation and obedience." #ChristianLiving #parenting Click To Tweet
This site is also a home for the Jesus centered Parenting in Christ books and audiobook I recorded. Soon, we’ll include more authors who love Jesus and desire to parent in a way that reflect the humble, gentle pattern of Christ.
If you are pursuing Christian positive parenting, respectful parenting books, guidance for godly parenting, or just exploring Bible lessons on parenting, check out the books and..
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