Friday, October 25, 2013


Jesus encourages us to live our lives with such integrity that people would simply believe what we say.

Our actions should speak louder than our words. But too often, the opposite is true. When we say we will give consequences for disobedience and then fail to follow through, our kids may doubt the reliability of our words. As a result, we may use threats to convince our children that this time we really mean what we say. "This is your last warning" or, "Next time, you'll get a spanking." I, myself, have been guilty of this very thing. Unfortunately, my threats are often perceived as just more meaningless words.

I need to provide my children with the sense of security that comes when my actions are consistent with my words.

Matthew 5:37