As a parent, consider your parental authority over your kids. Are you a spiritual authority that they can rely on for guidance on what is right and wrong? Or, do you arbitrarily dish out consequences without creating any real standards for your kids?
While it might seem kids would want less authority in their life, the truth is many crave more. How can kids know what is right if their parents are passive in displaying a mature spiritual walk?
Why Spiritual Authority is an Important Aspect of Parenting
You probably already know that I’m a big supporter of parental authority in the household. I have come to this belief through the many perspectives of the Bible and also because this view is tested in time, supported by logic, and able to be implemented practically. Parental authority is also positive for the emotional health of children when they are able to see that their parents are attentive of them and in stride with God.
I often hear kids say that they would welcome more authority from their parents. These kids are well aware of their personal attraction to sin; and for them, the need for authority is all about establishing security.
Becoming a positive spiritual authority may be hard to grasp for parents because plenty have a hard enough time with the worldly struggles of their kids. But beyond carnal, worldly desires, keep in mind that your kids are also spiritual beings. They want and need their parents to help them maintain and develop their spiritual life.
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