Sin is deceptive. Parents, this is one truth that should never be far from your thoughts. Sin never presents itself for what it is. Anger appears to be a just response when one is wronged. A lie seems to be the easy way out of a difficult situation. Pornography presents itself as an outlet for perceived needs. This is the nature of sin. It seems to be the right thing to do at the moment. No matter how long you live, sin will present itself in this way.
Ephesians 4:14 warns of the deceptive, crafty schemes of sin. Proverbs 4:19 says that those who follow wicked paths are incapable of knowing why they stumble. Those who sin are deceiving themselves or they are being deceived. This requires something unexpected. We must have compassion(Ephesians 4:32). Yes, there must be concern and correction given when children disobey and indulge their flesh. But it is also important to remember that sin is cruelly deceptive. Children have believed a lie when they think they must keep a toy away from an eager sibling. Sin is taunting them to trust their fleshly desires that it is only right that they should have the toy.
It is never comforting to realize that you have been duped or misled by someone. This is what sin does. It encourages your children to take the wrong path and then mocks them when they do. For a young child this deception can be devastating. Therefore, when you discipline remember the ugliness of sin. Yes, children are complicit and guilty when they sin. But, it is good to remember the deceitful devastating impact of sin. This is where compassion and gentleness come in. Sin leads to a lack of security.
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