4 - Grace in Parenting

Embed God's Heart of Grace

In a world like today, we need to make sure that we are putting everything in place in the hearts of our children, so that they will be able to take on the future with calm and confidence. Here in Part Four, Tim talks about the most important thing parents can do to embed God's heart of grace in their children.

Tim said, "If grace-based parenting is treating my kids the way God treats me," we can look at God's example for how we should parent our own children.

Four major dimensions that God applies His grace on His children: 
  1. Meet their needs.
  2. Gives freedom.
  3. Gives character development
  4. Aims at eternity.

How do you enforce a sense of security and significance in the lives of your children? How can you show them the strength they have in Christ? How does your parenting demonstrate the unconditional love that you have for them?
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Tim shared four freedoms that believers have in Christ. 
  1. Freedom to be different.
  2. Freedom to be vulnerable.
  3. Freedom to be candid.
  4. Freedom to make mistakes.

Tim said, "When parents marginalize kids when they’re not doing anything wrong—they're just annoying their parents—they make it wrong, or they make it unbiblical, they shove wedges between that kid’s heart and God and that kid’s heart and themselves. Give them the freedom to be different and vulnerable." In what ways do you allow your kids the freedom to express their personality? What do you need to change about how you respond to their "quirky" ways?
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Do you have give-and-take discussions with your kids about life and their struggles? Do you get annoyed by their sin—bothered that it costs you something—and (over)react to it? In what ways can you teach them that the Holy Spirit gives them the strength to overcome their sin and walk in victory?
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“If the only thing you get right as parents is His grace, everything else will be just fine.”
                                                                              ~except from Grace Based Parenting