Little Sister is a bundle of fun. She is full of joy and overflowing with smiles and personality. She also loves and loves "hard." To say she is a little overzealous in her affection to Little Brother would be an understatement. . .;-) We laugh and remember the abominable snowman from Bugs Bunny: "I will love him and squeeze him and name him George."
We are constantly reminding her to "be gentle. . ."
Yet, the Lord also has to remind me of those same words.
"Brethren, if a man (ahem. . .one of your children--Rebekah' s Summarized Version) is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted" (Galations 6:1).
As we teach and train our children, it must be done diligently, consistently, yet in a spirit of gentleness. And where should we place our focus? Things that get on our nerves? Things that inconvenience us? Maybe. . .but these things need so much more grace.
Our real focus should not be on what inconveniences us but what grieves the Lord. Notice Galations 6:1 deals with "any trespass."
And when we find our children in sin, He says to deal with it in that spirit of gentleness.
I mentioned this to my dear friend Mama Hen the other day, and she added what she had noticed in Proverbs 31 recently:
"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness" (Proverbs 31:26).
May we love and train our children in a spirit of gentleness, kindness, and wisdom.
In the Heart of our Home,