Saved From Herself

Saved From Herself

Avery Jackson, a transgender girl said, “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.”

This reminded me of my dear friend in her late 80’s who told me the story of her rebellious daughter. Her husband would not discipline his daughter, so it was all on her if there was anything to be done. She had to take on the sole role of disciplinarian, or she knew her daughter would be lost and wreak havoc on the family. “It was tough”, she said, because the daughter played the two of them against each other to get her way. Years later, this same daughter told her mother, “Mother, thank you for standing up to me. Nobody else would. Dad wouldn’t. My teachers couldn’t, and if you hadn’t, I don’t know where I would be.” My friend said that made it all worth it and was so gratifying that she had done something right. Now a mother herself, she was a good mother and a loving disciplinarian.

If we give in to the sin nature of a child, out of fear or because it’s simply easier, we are punching that child’s ticket to Hell. A child only knows what they know. Someone must teach them and someone must save them from themselves. You are born  separated from God. You are born with a dead spirit and a sin nature that must be dealt with. If you parent don’t explain this to your children and show them the way and help them to defeat their own flesh, their own sinful nature that beckons them to do wrong, who will? Who will save them from themselves?

There’s no time to be passive. There’s no time to be silent. There is only time to speak truth, discipline in love, and tell your child about a marvelous Savior that came to save them from themselves.

“Train up a child in the way that he should go; when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov 22:6


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