There are few trials so tough on a parent as having a child who is not doing well with the Lord whether that child is young, a teen or grown.
When a child rejects the Lord and/or his parents, it’s grieving, sad, stressful, and a constant weight upon a parent’s heart. A couple suggestions:
- Continue to love your child unconditionally– don’t make your acceptance and love for your child based upon whether they love Jesus or you
- Continue to try to model Jesus Christ to your child
- We should be more grieved that our child does not see the glory of Jesus than we are by their sin.
Not only can God save a child whenever he desires, but he can use the challenge of a rebellious child to produce good fruit in a parent’s life. Here are a few ways:
- It humbles us
- It help us rely on God not methods
- It exposes our own sin – anger, pride, fear of man, looking down on or judging others
- It makes us more compassionate and merciful
- It stretches our faith
- It teaches us to do good to those who sin against us expecting nothing in return
- It drives us to seek God in prayer – for our child’s salvation, for wisdom, for grace
- It produces patience, perseverance and long-suffering
- It gives us an infinitesimal taste of what we’ve done to Christ and what God experiences every day from mankind
- It reminds us of our own past sins against our parents
- It reminds us that only God can save
Don’t stop thanking God for your child and praying for him or her. Remember, the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective, even if it doesn’t feel that powerful or effective. And the arm of the Lord is not too short to save – he has a perfect timing for every person.