“BUT I CAN’T LOVE MY BROTHER”

“But I don’t like my brother!”

Because of this statement, I had to speak with one of my kids about the attitude displayed. This child of ours explained that this particular brother has been sooooooo annoying and irritating.

Not sure if you’ve had one of these situations at home. For us, this one is not rare.

I had to tell this child of ours, “When my sister and I were growing up, we had lots of fights too. I was annoying to her and vice versa.”

CHILD: “But he’s being so difficult! It’s so hard to love him. I can’t love him.”
ME: “I understand. But do you know why you can’t love him the way you should?”
CHILD: “Why, dad?”
ME: “It’s because your heart is rotten… rotten to the core.”

Taken aback, this child was speechless in the next few moments.

I then had to explain that that is exactly why we need Christ to rescue us.

Jesus didn’t come to be our example; He came so that He can be our Savior.  We didn’t need new lessons on life. We needed to be rescued from our sinful self.

As we parent our kids, it’s good to show them a good example, teach them to obey the rules, set boundaries. However, we can’t stop there. Teaching them why Christ came and how His death, burial and resurrection is applied to daily life is just as critical if not more so.

We can’t but through Him, we can.
We are unable to, but through Him, we are able.
We won’t, but through Him, we will.

Until our kids see that their hearts are sinful, they will never see their need for a Savior.

As they understand the Gospel more and more, they then cling to the perfect obedience of Christ to empower them to live a life that honors and pleases God.

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:13-14, NLT)

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