Love them unconditionally:
- We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
- Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
- Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2
- A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
When you're tempted to be critical instead of encouraging:
- But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13
When you want to lecture:
- Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. James 1:19–20
When you want them to make you look awesome:
- Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Phil. 2:3–4
When you don’t want to extend forgiveness for their offenses:
- Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31–32
When you worry about their future:
- Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Thank you for the blessings of our children. Help us to love them as you love us, unconditionally. Help us to be patient, eager to help and listen and to reflect you in everything we do. We also ask you to teach us how to live out the gospel in our interactions with our children and others.
In Your name, Amen