Hope For Hurting Parents by Fenton Moorhead

HOPE FOR HURTING PARENTS : Sunday Morning, March 17, 1991

DEEPEST HURTS COME INSIDE THE FAMILY.

AM I AN AUTHORITY? LADY GOT ON BUS WITH 5 CHILDREN..."

1 COR 12:1 "I WOULD NOT HAVE YOU IGNORANT, BRETHERN.."
1 COR 13:12 WHEN I BECAME A MAN I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS"
1 COR 15:51 WE SHALL NOT ALL SLEEP, BUT WE SHALL ALL BE
CHANGED."

WHAT TO DO WHEN (NOT WHY) YOUR CHILDREN GO BEYOND YOUR CONTROL:
THREE STAGES IN THE PARABLE: LUKE 15:11-24

STAGE ONE. REBELLION. "GIVE ME."

vs. 12 "The younger one said to his father, `Father, give me my
share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them."


THE ISSUE? WHO IS IN CONTROL?
KIDS WANT CONTROL BEFORE THEIR PARENTS WANT TO GIVE IT!

WHAT TO DO? THREE DIFFICULT THINGS:

1. RELEASE:LET THEM GO, MOST DIFFICULT TASK OF PARENTING.
CUTTING THE APRON STRINGS. THE TIGHTER WE HOLD ON THE MORE THEY
RESIST.

vs.13 "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he
had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his
wealth in wild living.

2. RESPONSIBILITY: LET THEM MAKE THEIR OWN MISTAKES.

Pro.20:30 "Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us
change our ways." LB

"IF I HAD IT TO DO OVER, I WOULD DO LESS FOR MY CHILD AND MAKE
HIM DO MORE FOR HIMSELF.

3. REPERCUSSION: LET THEM REAP THE CONSEQUENCES.

"BE NOT DECEIVED, GOD IS NOT MOCKED. WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH
THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP." OVER COME THE TEMPTATION TO INTERVENE!
DON'T SHORT CIRCUIT WHAT GOD CAN TEACH SOMEONE THROUGH TOUGH
TIMES.
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