Christian Parenting Resource
Replacing Pride with Gentleness
Why do I always think I am right?
The answer to that question was really quite simple. I had the audacity to think I was right 100 percent of the time, because I was walking in pride. Pride puffs up. Pride deceives. Pride is rooted in self. Pride negatively impacts every relationship in our lives. Pride separates us from intimacy with god and with others. If we continue to walk in pride we will be very lonely.
Pride has reared its ugly head in so many ways in my life as a mom. One of my deepest regrets is blaming my children for things that were not their fault. I deceived myself that I was just holding them accountable. Pointing the finger is never helpful. Blame-shifting does not build responsible children.
You know what life is like. On a daily basis things happen. The milk is spilt on the counter. The dishes are not stacked. The bathroom is not cleaned. Someone forgets a school assignment. The dog is not fed. The list is endless with potential things that can go wrong in a household. Christian Parenting is not easy.
Pride hates to be inconvenienced. So rather than being gentle and understanding, pride demands that someone accept responsibility for the mistake that someone else made. Pride always justifies its own actions. Pride looks at self with “pure intentions of the heart” but scrutinizes the actions of others.
Gentleness Is Like a Refreshing Breeze
Our time with our children is so short. It should be treasured and holy before God. We can’t afford to be proud or arrogant with them. As mothers, we need the tender gentleness of Jesus that wipes away every tear and binds up every wound. He cares for the weak.
Replace Your Pride with His Gentleness
As you replace your own pride with God’s gentleness, you depend daily on God’s wisdom to guide you. The truth is, you don’t have it figured out. Most of the time you don’t know what to do. As you rest in the humble, forgiving embrace of love, you will represent God’s goodness to your child.