For the Youth: The Rod or Gentleness


Truth in Love

What do you desire? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love and a spirit of gentleness? 1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:21‬

There are things I sincerely regret from my teenage years. I wouldn’t have been labeled a bad kid by any means. In fact, I think most people would’ve called me a good kid. Still, being so-called good doesn’t mean perfect, and I messed up in a big way when it came to respecting and honoring my parents.

I wish I could say there wasn’t turmoil between me and my parents, but my spirit in rebellion to demand my own way led to conflict. I had become very verbal in voicing my dislike for certain expected responsibilities, rules, and advice. My mannerisms were complete with rolling eyes, waving hands, and deep sighs. These were so disrespectful and so unnecessary.

I don’t like to go back and think about…

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