Since I didn’t grow up around family, building one full of harmony and joy was paramount to me. From day one, my husband and I wanted our children and our children’s children to grow up and become the best of friends, supporting each other with lots of love and emotional support for generations to come.
So, when we started reading the Bible together in the early days of our marriage, we began implementing it’s wisdom as best we could, teaching our kids by example to resolve conflicts swiftly. Of course, because we’re all human, there would be disagreements and even arguments throughout the years. But, we never let that stop us from quickly moving on and finding our way back to the fun and games...until recently.
When your kids grow up, you can’t control the outcome of their disagreements anymore. Your referee tactics no longer work, and in fact can make things even worse. Young adults can, and often do, choose to ignore the instructions of the parents they once looked up to and depended on for dear life.
So, all we can do at this point is rest on the foundation of faith and forgiveness we laid in their formative years, and pray that some day they recognize, appreciate, and return to it. Lord, I thank you for Your Word in today’s Proverb, and I pray them over my family today, especially the following verses...
“A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.”
“A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent.”
“In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.”
“A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise.”
“A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.”
“A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother.”
“He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.”