Grace :: day 11
“We’ve got to love them in the way that God loves us – when they’re unappreciative, when they don’t deserve it, when it’s inconvenient, when it’s costly to us, even when it’s painful… it minimizes their need to search for the shallow love that the world system offers. It builds an authentic love in their hearts that ministers to them long after we are out of the picture.”
- from Grace-Based Parenting
“Grace does not lower the standards in our homes; it raises them. It doesn’t push people away from holiness; it pushes them towards it. It doesn’t cause them to despise truth; it propels them to embrace truth all the more. It encourages people to aim higher in their relationship with God and helps them dream bigger dreams.” - from Grace-Based Parenting
“Your children’s propensity towards sin shouldn’t surprise you; it shouldn’t threaten you; and it shouldn’t even really bother you. You know you’ve given birth to sinners, children just like the parents who sired them. You realize that your children have a bent toward selfishness, stubbornness, and lawlessness- exactly the kind of people Christ loves and for whom He died. By acknowledging your children’s bent toward sin from the outset, you can encourage your children to struggle with their sin out in the open where you can talk about it and direct them to the power of Christ… You should be able to talk openly and honestly about sin because you’re so aware that you and your spouse are sinners, too… Grace demands a humility and sensitivity toward your children’s battles with sin because grace is a daily reminder of how desperately you need the Savior as well.” - from Grace-Based Parenting
Day 11 of 31 Days of Communicating With Our Children. Click here to see all posts in this series.