Parenting with Compassion

Missional MotheringA couple of months ago, as I was journaling through Hebrews, a verse really gripped my heart. In Hebrews 5:1-2, it speaks of a high priest who is to have compassion on the ignorant and those who go astray, because he himself is overcome by the same weaknesses and sins. And immediately, I saw my role as a parent in a totally different perspective, a high priest, if you will, ministering to these little souls—ignorant, often wayward, and easily misled.

I thought of all the moments in a day when I am tempted to become frustrated and react in anger or impatience. Then I thought of all those convicting moments where I could see my own sins in my children’s behavior and speech, like looking into a mirror.

I am prone to the same sins as my children.

It’s humbling. It’s moment-changing. Because as I deal with the ignorance and sins of these little people, I’m confronted with my own iniquity, my own ugliness. And how could I react with more vehemence at their sins than I do at my own?

Compassion, not impatience. Compassion, not frustration. Compassion, not “righteous indignation,” for the wrath of Mom does not accomplish the righteousness of God.

It is the hand of compassion that restores a lost sheep to the fold. And it is the compassion of the Great High Priest that restores my soul for this journey home.

4 thoughts on “Parenting with Compassion

  1. Beautiful, Tracy! Thank you for the reminder – I needed it today!

  2. Thank you so much for this very good read. Your article is an excellent reminder for us parents that we should always teach not only our kids but also ourselves compassion. Thanks for sharing this!

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