Parents, your children need to know they’re loved unconditionally and that you won’t condemn them when they mess up. Talk straight, get close, and let grace overflow in your home.
Ask any Christian and she will tell you followers of Christ should always be honest. Simple. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
I've been thinking about honesty and concluded a couple of things. First, it's a concept we need to understand better. I don't think most of us have thought about it too much because it seems so simple. And second, to be perfectly honest, honesty is not as simple as I had first thought.
Because of God’s grace Christians live a different life, a holy life. Holiness is a lifestyle of integrity and moral excellence.
The other day as I was playing with my grandsons I thought how quickly the last 30 years have gone by. It's hard to believe so much time has passed since their mother, my oldest daughter Meg, was a toddler.
When I was a young mother the days seemed endless. It was as if there was an unending supply of them. And I was sure there would always be so much time to be with my children. Time to teach, time to play, time to nurture, and impart values. I never imagined one day the nest would be empty.
We’ve all been wronged, but keeping a list of the wrongs only makes things worse. The best way to recover is to forgive.
Some would say humour, like music, defies analysis. It is too complex, diverse, and personal. Others say humour is too frivolous and is incompatible with religious faith. Still others would like to draw lines and dictate that only certain kinds of humour are acceptable for a Christian. Who is right? What is biblical? How do we decide if we have the freedom to be funny? In trying to decide these questions myself, there are three things I considered.
We all have special gifts and abilities from God. While it's good to venture out of our comfort zones, here's a humorous illustration of why we shouldn’t force people to go too far outside the area of their gifting.
Of all the bad habits we could address, few are more prevalent yet more acceptable than lying. As painful as it may be to hear it, ours is a nation of liars. The majority of North Americans find it hard to get through a week without lying.
The road to maturity is often long and difficult, but the rewards are well worth the journey, as you become a person who has a heart for both God and mankind.
When you take time to listen to others without criticizing or lecturing you’re providing a safe and honest environment. We all need a place of refuge.