When your child was born, I’m sure one of your thoughts was that he or she looked so pure, so innocent and they do! There is nothing like a newborn, the softness, the smell the newness. In that moment you couldn’t imagine that this precious little one would ever sin.
Truth be told, it won’t take long until their selfish and sinful nature begins to reveal itself. It’s just a fact, our human nature is bent toward sin, we are selfish lovers of ourselves and we all are in a lifetime battle against it.
Before you know it, that innocent babe is walking and talking, and soon you are hearing the words, “Mine” and “No”. A few years later you hear the first lie come out of that little person’s mouth, it leaves you shocked and breaks a little piece of your heart.
You will not want to see your child’s sin, you’ll want to look away, ignore it and refuse to believe it. You must be brave, Mama Bear, and see your child’s sin for what it is, sin. Make it your business to face it, name it and never give up praying about it until you see change.
One of the first commands we hear from Jesus as He stepped out in ministry is “Repent”. This tells us that repentance is an important step, a step that we and our children must take.
Turning away from sin…
To repent is to feel sorry, to have regret, so much so that you are willing to make a change, and turn away from it.
Saying you are sorry is not popular these days. We see people making excuses and getting by with sinful behavior everywhere we turn.
If we do hear the words ‘I’m sorry” it’s often just an attempt to escape the consequences.
Jesus is calling us to be real here. To be conscious of our of sin and when we sin, we have a sincere desire to not repeat it again.
Consequence is a good teacher
At our house it’s called, “feeling the pain.”
Mama Bear, you will be very tempted to step in and remove the consequence of sin for your children. Resist it, feeling the consequences, or should I say feeling the pain leads to a lesson, and those lessons lead truly repentant hearts, away from future sin.
Come back to God…
Our children must see us walking repentance out in our own lives. Repentance leads us back to God every time, back to the Cross where forgiveness is possible.
As we teach and train our children in the way they should go, part of our job is helping them face their sin, name their sin and turn away from it. Then we can take them by the hand and walk with them to the Cross, where they can feel the light of forgiveness rising.
For Heaven’s kingdom realm is now accessible. Matthew 4:17
If you are like me your thinking, “What does this even mean? Heaven’s Kingdom realm is now accessible?”
Jesus is saying, I’m going to make the way for forgiveness of sin. Right now there is no way, but when I finish My Mission, you will have a way from the darkness of sin to the light of forgiveness. You will have access through Me to my Father and to all of Heaven. The road that leads you there is called the Road of Repentance.
I want my children on this road with me, don’t you?
A Prayer for Your Child:
Lord, help _______ to acknowledge, repent and turn away from his/her sin and draw close to You. I thank you that through Jesus You have made the way for _________ to always come back to You, to have access to You, to step out of the darkness and into Your brilliant light. In Jesus Name, Amen
A Prayer for You, Mama Bear
Lord, I lift my Mama Bear friend up in prayer today. I ask that she become a woman who faces her sin head on and is quick to turn away from it.
Lord, You are so gracious that You have already made the way for her to continually turn around and come back to You, lead her from the darkness of sin to the light of a repentant life that serves as a guide for her children. In Jesus Name – Amen
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