Saturday, November 23, 2013


A twelve year old girl was told to take her bicycle inside.  She did not.  She was told again. She did not.  She was getting ready to leave for youth group at church and figured she would take it in when she was ready.  She was disobeying her mother.

Her ten year old brother, who also knew his sister's bike was supposed to be inside, decided to ride it anyway.  He was careless and dropped the bike in the next door neighbor's driveway.  The neighbor did not see the bike, and drove over it - destroying it.   The older sister ran outside and was heartbroken that her bike was ruined.  It was her main source of entertainment.  Her parents had rules. Good rules. They were not allowed to watch movies, play video games.  They had to go outside and get exercise.  The bike was very important to this little girl.  Her mother came outside, and seeing it ruined, did not even think to scold the brother, but instantly jumped all over the little girl.  "Well, if you had taken it inside when you were supposed to, your brother would not have been riding it."  But didn't the brother know HE was ALSO breaking the rules?  Was it also true that if HE had obeyed, his sister's bike would not be destroyed?   There was no comfort to the little girl.  No correction to the little boy. 

So here is a heartbroken little girl.
A disobedient little girl.
Who does not have a bicycle to ride.
An ALSO a disobedient little boy.
Who DOES have a bicycle to ride.
Do you agree with the mom?
Do you think the brother was blameless?
Who should be disciplined?

PUNISHMENT is not the same thing as DISCIPLINE.
Discipline teaches something.  Something good.

Godly parents are warned: 

 "Fathers, do not irritate and provoke your children to anger [do not exasperate them to resentment], but rear them [tenderly] in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord." Ephesians 6:4

These are the kind of situations that give good parent's hives.
What was the Godly thing to do in this situation?
Good question.

What does YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER DO... when.. after blatantly disobeying HIS RULES... YOU destroy something in your life?  Something like...  your marriage or  your finances or  your health?  Does He reply to your heartbroken cry by saying,

NO.  He sees a heart that is broken.  And it breaks His heart when our disobedience breaks us.

I think parents should insist on obedience.
But I think parents should know when a disobedient child needs compassion and mercy.
When a mistake is SO DEVASTATING to that LITTLE CHILDLIKE HEART.. that the only thing to do is SHOW MERCY.

The little girl's FATHER came home and found a despondent child. The little girl was heartbroken.  She cried in her room all night.
Her father's heart was softened toward her.  He saw and decided that she was sorry and repentant over her disobedience.  He told his wife, "She's learned her lesson."

The next morning he went out and bought her a new bike.  He sat her down and explained, "Honey. you don't deserve a new bike.  You disobeyed your mother.  You asked us to forgive you for disobeying.  We do forgive you.  I am going to forgive you for that... and I am hoping you will learn something about God.  I bought you a new bike to have MERCY on you because I believe you have learned a lesson about obeying.  I also believe you are truly sorry for your actions.  And even though I forgive you - I also don't want you to have to suffer the consequences of your sin.  I want to fix what your disobedience has broken.  Your mom and I don't want you to have to sit inside while everyone else gets to play outside.  You shouldn't be getting a new bike.  But you are getting one. This is mercy.  Mercy is God's idea.  You are getting a new bike and I hope you understand that mercy started with God."

Wise father. What do you think?
AND BTW...Her little brother?
He was really annoyed at how UNFAIR it all turned out.

 "Why does SHE get a new bike and I have to ride my old one?"

Aren't we all a little like that little boy?
We don't really grasp the depth of the MERCY of God.
We don't understand when HE showers blessings on repentant disobeyers.

Showing MERCY is God's idea.

What do you think?
When God tells us we need to have mercy on others... does that include our kids?

"O Lord, I have heard the report of You and was afraid. O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make Yourself known! In wrath [earnestly] remember love, pity, and mercy."  Habakkuk 3:2

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  1. This is good. You are correct. Thank you

  2. I just wanted to say I am thankful for you! Have a great Thanksgiving Dear Mrs. Elder. Do you know 2 John was written to a Mrs. Elder of sorts? To brighten your day... 2 John 1-6 "1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
    6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it."