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Disciplining Your Child, Guilt, and Confession

January 19, 2011

Guilt Free Parenting

1 Pet. 2:24: He Himself (Christ) bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;by his wounds you have been healed” (NIV).

In today’s culture, we often hear that guilt is a bad thing. Pop psychology suggests it is a result of low self-esteem. But, sometimes guilty feelings are simply the natural result of our sin!

How can fallen parents living in a fallen world escape the tyranny of guilty feelings? By embracing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. There is nothing more freeing than confessing our sin and recognizing that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross has healed us! We break out of the bondage that comes with guilt by trusting in the cleansing work of our Savior.

We will often make mistakes in parenting. Don’t let those mistakes draw you away from God. Take time to confess, die to sin, and live in righteousness!

HT: Parenting By Design

I have a personal illustration of this with an even more pertinent verse for application, I believe. We were sitting in class working our way through the book of Colossians with our professor and were in chapter 3, verse 21:  “Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits” (The Message). This was exactly, though, what our professor confessed to in front of all of us! He had really busted his two young boys for some offense. The Spirit would not let him off the hook and poked and prodded him until the professor made things right with his boys. I remember him saying something along these lines: “Men, it’s easy (!) to do the work of interpreting the Word; the hard part is the application of it.”

I’ll never forget that Vietnam-veteran turned college professor of Bible sharing that with us on our journey through Colossians. He wasn’t going to live with the guilt of failing to live by the Word. Nor should we. And being a parent will give us plenty of opportunities to see if we’re going to ‘fess up to the times when we stumble by coming to the Cross, the one place where forgiveness will always be found for the confessing Christian parent.

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