Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

Control or Leadership? February 25, 2008

Filed under: Family Life,Uncategorized — womenembracingfaith @ 11:05 pm

Marriages are like the tide; they flow up and down. One of the barometers is the control factor. You’re headed for trouble if one partner becomes dominating over the other. Husbands are to love and lead, but many use that as an excuse to control. Day to day control knocks the life out of a person. It leads to “death;” the death of the marriage! Which way is the tide flowing in your marriage most days? If you sense control instead of loving leadership, speak up. Respond to a particularly controlling directive with an unbelieving “What?” It can serve as a gentle reminder that slavish control is neither loving nor leading.

And this goes for mothers of teens as well. At fifteen, most teens don’t want any leadership, but control kills them as surely as it does anyone else. Do you need someone to incredulously respond “What?” to you? As I write this, I’m aware that my collie is trying to control me by barking since I’m late with our playtime. He needs a gentle jerk back to reality too!

See Colossians 3: 16-25. “….knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” Col. 3:24-25

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Hello world! February 23, 2008

Filed under: Moral Law,Teaching Tips — womenembracingfaith @ 5:06 pm

One biblical principle for leading your children to God is to teach them the Ten Commandments. Not to just have them in their memory, but to know what they mean both externally and spiritually. For instance, “You should not lie.” This includes telling a lie and keeping quiet when you could tell the truth.

Why expose your child’s lie? What does it matter–he’s only four! The commandments show us (even four year olds) our need of a Savior. The function of the moral law is to show us our sin (Romans 7). The way to salvation is to first realize God’s holiness in contrast with our own sinfulness. Then to see how my lies make me need a Savior. Even 0ne or two year olds can begin seeing both.