Hope For Hurting Parents
Sermon shared by Robert Mckenzie
Summary: These are a series of messages in order to help encourage and strengthen the home as a unit
Audience: Believer adults
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HOPE FOR HURTING PARENTS
The deepest hurts that we experience in life come from our families -- our spouse, our children, our relatives. They can be ungrateful, they can be unkind, they can be unfaithful. This story that weíre going to look at today is Jesusí most famous parable. Itís a story that gives hope for hurting parents. Itís not just a lesson about Godís love, but itís a lesson about parenting.
Iím no authority about parenting. I feel like Charles Shed, who used to do a seminar on parenting when he was single. It was called, "How to Raise Your Children." Then he said after he got married, he changed the title to "Some Suggestions for Parents". Then, after he had his first kid, he change it to "Feeble Hints to Fellow Strugglers". And after he had three kids, he said he stopped giving the lecture. [A lady jumped on the bus one day with five kids. The bus diver said, "Are all of these your kids or is it a picnic?" She said, "Theyíre all mine and itís no picnic." -- Another: The lady asked her husband, after he took their son to school, "Did Billy cry when you took him to school?" He said, "No, but his teacher did."]
Iím no authority, but God is an authority and thatís what weíre going to look at today. One of the things that has really bothered me is why is it that godly parents have kids that go astray? Why?
I donít know the answer to that. I donít think there is a single answer. I donít think you can know. There are a lot of factors and I think a lot of parents carry a lot of guilt thinking that theyíre the only thing responsible for their kids. Theyíre not. There are a lot of other factors you donít have any control over. God has given us a free will.
As a pastor, more than other people, I see the hurt and the heartbreak that happens in a family when one family member chooses a lifestyle that messes everybody else up. It hurts.
Today I want us to look at this story. I think this story illustrates what do you do when your children grow beyond your control. I donít want to talk about, Why? I donít know the reasons why. I want to talk about, What do you do when your children grow beyond your control. We see three stages in this story.
STAGE ONE: THE REBELLION OF THE SON.
v. 11 "Jesus said, `Thereís a man who had two sons and the younger one said to his father, "Father, give me my share of the estate." So he divided his property between them and not long after that the younger son got all he had together and he sat of for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.í"
Stage one is rebellion. In every parent-child relationship thereís going to be a struggle. Itís called a struggle for control. Whoís in charge? Itís a power control. At birth, as a parent, you are 100% in control. But as they grow, the power gets transferred. Your control is not permanent. Kids want control sooner than we want to give it. They think they deserve it sooner than weíre ready to give it out. Kids have a sin nature. If you donít believe, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" youíve never been a parent. We all do have our own stubborn ways.
Here we have a classic confrontation. V. 12 "Father, give me..." Circle "give me" -- thatís the root of rebellion. If I could just do as I please, if I could just be my own boss, if I didnít have to answer to anyone life would be great. He was fed
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