How to Deal with a Rebellious Child (1 of 2) by Ernest Easley

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How to Deal with a Rebellious Child (1 of 2)
Series: How to Deal with a Rebellious Child
Ernest L. Easley
Luke 15:11-24

Raising children is the hardest job I've ever had! Raising children has been more challenging and more consuming than pastoring Baptist people.

I remember as a young parent of three reading one day where the Psalm 127.3-5 said, ''Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward,'' thinking, ''Reward? A reward for what? How did I deserve this?''

Some days I thought my children were a part of the curse, my mother's curse! Yes, my mother cursed me when I was young. You say, ''Ernest, how can you say that your mother cursed you?'' Well, it's easy. She pronounced the curse when she said, ''I hope one day that you will have children just like you!''

''Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them …'' Well, yes and no. Julie and I considered our ''quiver full,'' but it wasn't always happy. Let's face it, raising children is not always a happy time, sometimes it's a frustrating time; especially when one becomes rebellious.

Raising children in a Christian home is no guarantee that your children won't rebel. And when one does rebel, we like to hold on to Proverbs 22.6, ''Train up a child in the way she should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.''

And we try to comfort ourselves and others by saying, ''God's promised that if I train them up in the way they should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.'' Well, did God really promise that? Can I tell you something about Proverbs: they are not promises; they are proverbs.

Promises are promises! Proverbs are proverbs, not promises! Promises, you can take to the bank; no so much with Proverbs. Proverbs tell you what generally happens when you follow them. For instance, Pro ...


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