Would you say you live a holy life?
Just like the picture above, we tend to look at our lives as “mostly clean” – when there are big black spots that are evident to everyone.
We need to take the holiness of our lives seriously. God Himself insists on it. (1 Peter 1:15-16)
The difference seeking to live a holy life makes is HUGE.
Especially in the lives of your children.
Kids can spot a hypocrite. They know when someone is just talking, and when they really mean what they say.
Take a moment to examine what your kids may be seeing…[dropshadowbox align=”center” effect=”lifted-both” width=”575px” height=”” background_color=”fffeee” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]
- You say church is important, but are you consistent in leading your family to gather with other believers?
- You tell them they should be kind to people, but do they hear you criticizing and gossiping about others?
- You tell them you love Jesus, but they never see you read your Bible, pray, or serve others in His name.
Do you get the point?
I’ve heard far too many stories of children, now adults, who were turned off from church, God, and faith for years… because they had hypocrites for parents.
I’m not saying that any of us can be perfect… but I am saying that we should be progressing.
Your children will forgive your imperfections if they see you repenting of them, struggling to overcome them, depending on the Spirit of God to empower you to do so.
That is humility… and it’s evidence that Christ is at work in you. THAT is what your children need to see.