1 Thessalonians 2:5–12
We have spent quite a bit of time focusing on the demanding and difficult challenges of rearing children: acknowledging depravity, confronting defiance, addressing disobedience, and dealing with rebellion. According to the psalmist, God gives us each child as “a gift,”—not as a challenge. In fact, “the fruit of the womb is a reward”—not a problem (Psalm 127:3).
While parents need to stand firm on issues that call for a strong hand, disciplining children must never eclipse delighting in them! Woven throughout the fabric of Scripture are numerous words and statements underscoring the importance of not only expressing but also demonstrating affirmation, encouragement, gentleness, fun, tenderness, and affection. Let's turn our attention to those all-important attitudes and actions that bring joy and build esteem as we cultivate an atmosphere of harmony and pleasure in the home.
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