One of the toughest realities as a parent, is our inevitable failure on the part of our child.
Eventually, in one way or the other, we will let our kids down emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It will more than likely happen every day for the entirety of their childhood. How incredibly sad and defeating that can be to think about.
How do we process and handle this when we do fail?
It all comes back to the Gospel
We are sinners who need a Savior. We have foremost failed an awesome and Holy God, and the logical consequences of that is He can’t be around our sin.
God, being pure and perfect, requires a price for our failures against Him. Being sinners and completely unable to pay that price, we are doomed to an eternity separated from God, in misery.
Heavy stuff, isn’t it?
Praise the Lord for his Son however, who came to earth for us. The perfect sacrifice who died on the Cross and rose again, defeating death and paying the final price for sin. The price He paid, erased our debt, so that we could have a relationship with God, and spend eternity with Him in glory.
There isn’t anything we can do to earn that, only by grace through faith can this happen. This marvelous truth gives us hope that our failings are forgiven if our hope and confidence is in that act on the Cross. His grace is never failing, unlike our own.
This marvelous truth gives us hope that our failings are forgiven if our hope and confidence is in that act on the Cross.
When we fail, we look to the Cross with repentance, but also hope for tomorrow. What a wonderful model of repentance and joy our kids will see when the Gospel is the focus, even when we have hurt their hearts.
Apologizing and asking for our children’s forgiveness, brings opportunities for honest and open conversation about sin; how even parents sin and need Jesus.
By looking to the Cross in both word and action, we create a united front in the home as we all battle sin together; trying every day to do better.