These are the final two weeks of the Shepherding a Child’s Heart book study. Today we will be covering chapters 12 and 13, then we will be taking two chapters at a time until next Friday. I have to be honest, I’m struggling to keep up with the pace, but I’ll do my best!
Chapters 12 and 13 end Part 1 of the book. In these chapters Tripp reviews the lessons from Part 1 and expands on the idea of appealing to the conscience. Tripp says:
Your most powerful appeals will be those that smite that conscience. When the offended conscience is aroused, correction and discipline find their mark…. The central focus of childrearing is to bring children to a sober assessment of themselves as sinners. They must understand the mercy of God, who offered Christ as a sacrifice for sinners…. You must address the heart as the fountain of behavior, and the conscience as the God-given judge of right and wrong.
This was a good reminder for me that I need to consistently and constantly bring my children (and myself) back to the foot of the cross. The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts the conscience and it is the Holy Spirit who can change hearts. I must not focus so much on simply changing behavior, but must see the root of that behavior and help my child to see it as well.