Have you ever had tension in your home? Dare I say arguing? Fighting between siblings? You’re not alone.
Ephesians 4:1-3 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
I’ve been reading this morning in Ephesians chapter 4. We’re going to talk for just a minute about how we might apply what the apostle Paul was saying— to moms. Now, there are so many applications that we can take away from this short passage but the thing that comes to my mind as a mom is all the little arguments and bickering that I encounter every.single.day with my own children. I’m reminded here to be completely humble, to be gentle, to be patient and to bear with my kids in love—making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bonds of peace.
I want to teach my children to be peacemakers. As mothers, we set the tone in our homes. You have an opportunity to come alongside your children today when you see them struggling and arguing and fighting—and be an example to them. You won’t do it perfectly, but you know what? You don’t have to do it perfectly because God wants to give you His strength. Remember we talked about that the other day… His strength is made perfect in weakness.
Here’s the thing: Your kids don’t need to see you perfect, they need to see you surrendered. There is freedom in surrender. Freedom to fail—and through our weakness, to allow His strength to shine through. A surrendered mom is a mom who can teach her children how to be at peace at home and with others, not because she has it all figured out, but because she is surrendered to the One who does.
Take a moment today and ask the Lord to help you be the things He wants you to be. Helpful, patient, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bonds of peace. See if it doesn’t change the way that you look at your kids. You know, the older I get, the more I realize how much grace I need, and it moves to want to extend grace to other people, because I recognize my own need for grace each day.
God is so patient with me! He is so forgiving and that’s good—because I know I can be a difficult person sometimes! I appreciate God’s grace in my own life. So give Him your day today, mom, and then as you go out and wake up your children, let that be your guide today. Patient and bearing with one another–keeping the unity of the Spirit in your home a privilege. You set the tone.