Friday, March 25th, 2016
Parent Traps (Part 35)
Overcome: By Kindness
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4 (NASB)
Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13 (NASB)
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:32 (NASB)
What is desirable in a man is his kindness...
Proverbs 19:22 (NASB)
If we have 'One Father' (Matthew 23:9), Who is God, if 'God is love' (1 John 4:8) and if 'Love is kind' (1 Corinthians 13:4), then where is our justification for treating our children unkindly? Hasn't the Lord treated us kindly, even when we didn't deserve it?
But if kindness is our Commandment, how do we discipline or punish insubordinate little rascals? Isn't too much kindness like spoiling? No! Kindness must be the starting point for our children's course of comeuppance, by mastering the no-anger rule.
If a kid's misdeeds stir up anger, then a short retreat is in order. Frustrations should go straight to the Top, because God will exchange harmful ire with an overwhelming pact of peace. When kindness reasserts its control, correction will be appropriate.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Kindness is in short supply today, while selfishness and irritation reproduce like nasty mosquitos. Blood-sucking bites are so commonplace that sore and scratchy spots are the norm. Victims neither ask nor offer help.
When you offer God's fruit of kindness to fans and workers in media, the result is extraordinary. Love-starved people will be drawn to you, like hungry men to a bread basket.
But when Christians focus on Christians and overlook the world's jungle games, do they fulfill their Great Commission? Actors, models and talent for Christ, your outgoing kindness will revive not only languishing outsiders but also your reclusive brethren to be about their Father's business.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Parent Traps series.