Jesus modeled this 5th parenting principle of ‘Letting our example do the talking’.
Jesus was so good at showing first and then telling. Remember the scene in which Jesus is confronted by the accusers of a woman caught in adultery. They wanted to stone her according to the Old Testament Law. His children (disciples) were hanging on every word. Would Jesus give the ‘holier than thou’ accusers a good tongue lashing and teach them a much needed lesson?
First He says, “All right, stone her. But let those who have never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7) In effect asking each accuser, are you holy enough to cast judgment? Of course the accusers slink away.
Then Jesus addresses the woman, “’Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No Lord’, she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more’.” (John 8:10, 11)
Jesus demonstrated what forgiveness and compassion look like to His children rather than teaching a lesson.
Teaching by example is such a powerful tool and God provides opportunities to us as parents every day.
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