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Friday, August 19, 2005

Keeping Grace in Place

Tedd Tripp's article "Keeping Grace in Place" is a good reminder that the most important thing is the gospel when it comes to parenting.
All Christian parents want their children to know, understand, and embrace the gospel of grace, but often we don’t direct them to the gospel in their times of greatest need. This is the importance of shepherding the heart. The temptation is to focus on behavioral change. Whenever behavior becomes the goal, you are prey to all the temptations to manipulate behavior.
This rings so true. It is often easy to lose sight of the gospel when we feel so bogged down by the difficult task of keeping our children in line. Yet, the gospel is so central and crucial.
If the grace of the gospel and the need for internal change is not your message, if the heart is not addressed, only behavior, you will miss valuable opportunities to take your children to the cross for repentance, forgiveness, and cleansing.
This is such a good reminder. We need to address the heart issue and bring them to the cross.