Today’s Scripture: Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD. Psalm 25:7
After you have disciplined your child, it is just as important to restore your relationship with them. Both my wife and I would let our kids’ crying settle down. Then we would pray, talk, and restore the bond of fellowship.
Once you take care of a problem, don’t bring it up again. The consequence is complete. There is no room for grudges in parenting. You ought not to constantly remind your children of the past. When God forgives us, our sins are as far as the east is from the west; we need to provide the same forgiveness to our kids.
Your kids must be convinced that you love them. Every day, show your kids how much you love them. If they are convinced you love them, then they will accept restoration. Because you love your children, you will have to discipline them, even though it truly “hurts you more than it hurts them.” However, if they are convinced that you love them, they will never doubt that their discipline is motivated by love. Some of the greatest times as a parent are after the discipline and during the restoration.
God provided the ultimate restoration for our sins when He sent His Son to die on the cross in our place. Since God offers restoration to us, we must be sure that we provide restoration for our kids after they do wrong. Restore them completely as God has restored us completely.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.