Where Do I Begin? When A Hug Is Not Enough (Part 2 of 3)

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For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11, 12 NIV)

As I mentioned in the first post of this series, we are to encourage our children.  Today, I would like to discuss with you what it looks like to comfort our kids.

When we comfort, we are giving strength and easing trouble.  I love the image of giving our kids strength. We all know the value of this. There have been times in each of our lives where we can’t imagine making it through without the comfort of a spouse, a friend or a family member.

It’s no different for our kids. They need our comfort.  But please understand this: You cannot effectively comfort your child by minimizing their hurts. It may be a small issue to you but it’s huge to them. It’s through these moments that your kids have an opportunity to discover how much you and Jesus care for them.

What are your actions toward your child’s hurts teaching them? Have you been downplaying what is happening in their lives?

How you help them through these difficult situations in life now is teaching them how to deal with them in the future.

For some of you, comforting is just a hug.  What happens when you aren’t there? Make sure that you are talking with your child when they get hurt. Talk to them about what happened, how they feel, and what God has to say about it (if you don’t know this last one, that’s okay, find out together).

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor)