the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary
Probably the most basic of all human relationships is that between a man and a woman. Only through it can human life be perpetuated (Genesis 1:27-28). Yet this relationship involves more than sexual relations for the sake of producing children. Sex is only one part of a total relationship in which a man and a woman marry and commit themselves to each other for life (Matthew 19:5-6).
It is within this total marriage relationship, not outside it, that God intends children to be born and grow up. God’s design is for children to be brought up in families where both parents live together and accept their responsibilities. Those responsibilities include providing for their children’s physical and social needs, and teaching them the true values of life (Psalms 128:1-3; Proverbs 1:8; Proverbs 31:21; Proverbs 31:27; Colossians 3:20-21; cf. 1 Kings 1:5-6).
In the case of Christian parents, the training of their children will aim to bring them to know God and walk in his ways (Deuteronomy 6:5-9; Ephesians 6:1-4; 2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:15). Christians will learn how to deal properly with their children as they understand more about the way their heavenly Father deals with them (Hebrews 12:5-11; James 1:16-17; see ). (For fuller details of parental responsibilities see .)
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Fleming, Don. Entry for 'Parents'. Bridgeway Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​bbd/​p/parents.html. 2004.