Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”
A few weeks ago, after I took my 14 yr. old son back to his dad’s house, I came home and sat at my computer to check my facebook. I felt a quickening in my spirit to check the web history (which I believe every parent should do from time to time). I pulled up a tab on the internet and clicked the history button…and to my surprise a couple of inappropriate sites were clicked from my computer.
A plethora of emotions began to rise up within me. I was over-taken by absolute, gut-wrenching anger, shock, confusion, and sadness! Questions started to flood my soul! “How could my son do this, after the talk we just had about pornography.” “Why in the world….of all sins…could he look at this junk when my husband and I have taught him better?” My emotions were blazing and I picked up my cell phone to call my son to give him “whatfor”…when all of a sudden I heard that still small voice that has spoke to me many times before…”You all fall short…”
I put the phone down, sat down at the kitchen table, put my head in my hands and remembered the many times that I have fallen short of God’s glory.
Often times, as parents, we think our children are above sin. We think…well, we think they are perfect. We think our children would NEVER do certain things…like look at pornography, say bad words, bully others, have sex before marriage, or walk away from God.
Romans 3:10 says ” As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;”
This scripture includes our children!
There are 4 things we need to realize:
- Our children are tempted with sin just like we are.
- There is a battle raging within them between the flesh and the spirit just like it is raging within us.
- No matter how much we try to shield our children against sin, they will be faced with it.
- The enemy (Satan) will do whatever it takes to keep our children from God.
In Proverbs 22:6 the Word gives us a promise that we, as parents, can stand on when we are raising our children.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
As I sat at the kitchen table, remembering that I too struggle with sin at times…and each day I fall short of God’s Glory in one way or another, God began to remind me of how He deals with me when I sin. He reminded me of His loving kindness, mercy, and forgiveness that awaits me before I even turn back to Him.
The same way that God lovingly deals with us when we sin, we should model to our children. When our children were little, a spanking would speak a thousand words…but as they grow older and begin to understand the weight of their choices…what speaks the loudest is love.
What are some creative ways we can teach our children, no matter how old they are, about sin and holy living?