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May 10, 2020

Kids need to hear: “No…”

James 1:2-8

2 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. 6 But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; 7, 8 for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.


  • The trials of life can be seeds of growth for the person who desires godly wisdom to be the active ingredient of their life.
  • This idea is true for children too… so, what is godly wisdom for awaking children to such a way of life?


1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. 
3:12 for the Lord reproves the one he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. 
13:1 A wise child loves discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
13:24 Those who spare the rod hate their children, but those who love them are diligent to discipline them.

What Is Love?

  • Love seeks out the best for the one who is loved.
  • God loves his children in that he does whatever is necessary to lead them to thrive in the way he designed them to do so.
  • You can be encouraged that the trials your children face can be a conduit for your child to grow, even if you bring the trial by bringing about discipline

Bottom Line

  • How can we expect them to grow, if we can’t tell them no?

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