Sunday, June 28, 2015

Core Principles for Christian Parenting

Ephesians 4:17-32
You cannot change the nation without addressing the family.  The core principles that lie at the foundation of our nation are not developed in the chambers of legislation but in the living rooms of homes.
Core Principles for Christian Parenting

I. Teach Your Child the Value of the Truth  v.25

We have become desensitized to lying.
Just because something is true doesn’t mean you have to tell it.  That is called gossip.
Truth is conforming one’s words to reality; being real. Lying is PRETENDING.
How do people lie?
·       Controlling a Response
·       Lying by Omission
·       Exaggerations
·       Self-Protection
·       Gossip or Flattery
Why do people lie?
·       Fear of punishment
·       Fear of conflict
·       Fear of rejection
·       Fear of loss
·       Fear of losing opportunity
·       Fear of hurting another:
The fundamental reason why people lie is because it works.  Lying is about immediate reward.
Having to lie about your life is the first sign of the development of shame.  Guilt says "I did bad" - Shame says "I am bad."
When a child is fearful of admitting mistakes to a parent, the parent needs to review their reactions.
Honesty creates healthy self-worth and allows healing responses to our mistakes from people who love us.

If real Christianity would be expressed with its fears, failures and faults along with its faith, more people could believe it.

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