Encouragement for Single Parents

Matthew 19:26:
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
1Peter 4:8-10:
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.

Three principles you should teach your children.
  1. Teach them to love all people unconditionally
  2. Don't base their future on the past
  3. Adapt to change
1.  Love people for who they are, the good and the bad. They must recognize the good things people do and accept that no one is perfect. The bad things we all do are works in progress and we must help one another overcome those challenging faults. Teach them that we are only flesh, we will, at some point, let each other down. God's teaches us that love covers over a multitude of sins.

2.  They need to know that there is no future in the past, but that lessons can be learned from past mistakes. By learning from the past and focusing on the future, we know that all things are possible with God. Instead of allowing the past to bring them down, allow the pain of the past to give them wisdom and hope for the future.

3. Life is ever-changing. Instead of being stuck in the past, draw near to God and don't allow what was meant to be part of a learning process to consume their life. Different situations call for different action. Today's lesson may not apply tomorrow, today's problems won't be tomorrow's problems. These too, shall pass.

We must teach our children how to obey God's word and follow His commands. We are accountable for our children's salvation until they reach the age of accountability. Children will store up all they have been taught and witnessed, this is how they will live their adult lives. We must be good examples to them. Children learn more by what they see than what they here. Instruct them in the way of living Godly lives. In Proverbs 22:6, it says, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.


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