I know, I know. The word “sometimes” should actually be replaced with “most times.”Dealing with the trials that our children present to us is very tough. I wonder if perhaps parenting is more about God producing character in us than “getting our children under control.”
James 1:2-4:Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
When you are tempted to react poorly with your children, I pray that you will view it as an opportunity for both you and your children to build your character. Personally, God has helped me to come to the place that I am — where I hold up my actions, my attitudes and my words to the following: do my actions, attitudes and words reflect the 2nd greatest commandment and do they reflect the fruit of the Spirit? Am I loving my neighbor as myself? In other words: am I treating the other person in a manner that I would prefer to be treated or corrected when I am wrong? Do my actions reflect the following fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? If not, then I need to stop whatever it is that I am doing and go to the Lord for the strength to react as a representative of Christ to others.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
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