“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
Our kids talk about feeling judged. It makes them react in fear and to hold back. Trying to get the truth in their minds and heart, that as believers in Jesus their verdict is not guilty, takes time. It took time for me to get that and to respond accordingly. I think I kinda started backwards actually. Knowing the word of truth without deep down believing you are approved, creates an arrogance that is painful to look back upon. Time goes on, growth happens and that prideful arrogance is worked out. What remains is extravagant love, quick forgiveness, peace, grace and mercy. Not perfection mind you, but a quiet contentment, man cannot steal. My prayer is that our children absorb this freedom much sooner than I did. And each time we need a reminder, I’ll say do your best as one approved of by the King of kings.