Jesus modeled this 4th parenting principle that ‘that our children can handle what life throws at them’.
Jesus believed in His disciples even when they failed. He spoke these words even though He knew that Peter (Simon) would deny Jesus 3x during the time leading up to His crucifixion.
“Simon, Simon! Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 20:31, 32)
Jesus saw His children as flawed and yet capable even when they failed. You can imagine how downcast Peter must have felt after he denied Jesus just like Jesus said he would. But then Peter would also remember Christ’s prophetic and encouraging words, “When you have returned to Me”. His spiritual father believed in him even when he failed.
That is the kind of confidence that our children need to hear from us as parents. We believe in them even when they fail. We let them stretch out even if we think they will blow it the first time because we are confident they will get it the second time.
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