Posted by: connie | May 28, 2008

Parent-Child Conflicts: Gaining A Biblical Perspective

These are some basic Biblical truths/principles to consider and remind yourself of when conflict arrises between you and your ‘older’ adopted child:

1) Recognize that by design God uses relationships and circumstances to shape and mold us into the image of Christ (aka: sanctification). (Proverbs 27:17, Romans 8:28, 1 Peter 1:6-7)

2) Understand that sin damages relationships. My sin damages our relationship, just as my child’s sin damages our relationship. (James 4:1)

3) I must remove the log from my eye before I can help my child remove the speck from his/her eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

4) Biblical love–modeled by Christ–responds and persevers. (1 John 3:18, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

5) God is sovereign and calls you and your child to obey His commands–no matter what. (John 14:15, 15:10,  Ephesians 6:1, 1 Peter 1:2)

Thinking Biblically (Philippians 4:8 ) is the first step to responding Biblically to the challenges and conflicts we encounter as adoptive parents of ‘older’ children. Living these truths out before our children is a means God has ordained for us to share the Gospel with them.


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