In my last post, we discussed ways to teach our children, that without Christ, we are nothing. This is a hard concept for us as adults, but we can learn it with our children.
This week, we are going to talk about another concept in living a Gospel centered life. Two concepts that go hand in hand are humility and forgiveness. In order to forgive someone, we must first ask Christ to humble us.
Our children often display greed, selfishness, and disobedience in their actions.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
As our children fall short of His glory, we can remind them that as sinners, we will continue to do so until His return. However, God has given us grace as we pursue a life for Him. When we teach our children that perfection can never be attained, they can begin to live their lives in humility.
”Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.”
One way we can teach our children how to be humble is to ask for forgiveness. In asking for forgiveness, we are reminding others and ourselves that we have sinned and need God. There are many opportunities through out the day to remind our children to be humbled and ask for forgiveness.
In order for this to become a routine in their lives, they must not only perform the action, but see it as well.( Parents are obviously not perfect. At times we try to act like we know it all in front of them, but this doesn’t teach them the Gospel, it teaches them pride. ) We as their parents are obviously not perfect. At times, we try to act like we know it all in front of them, but this doesn’t teach them the Gospel, it teaches them pride. As we sin or fall short of His glory, i.e., getting impatient with our kids, yelling, etc., we can ask them for forgiveness. (When we sin and fall short of His glory, we can ask them for forgiveness. If we yell or become impatient, we can use those moments to be specific about our repentance, and model humilty and grace.)