While it is important that we focus a great deal of attention on our children's spiritual well-being, we must not neglect our own.
“And lead us not into temptation.” —Luke 11:4 ESV
We can get so busy being the guard keepers for our children’s sin that we get lax on guarding our own hearts against temptation. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He wrapped with the words, “And lead us not into temptation.”
This feels like a no-brainer if you think about it. God is not going to lead us into temptation. He desires to guide us away from sin, not toward it. But these words serve as a reminder that temptation to sin is a very real threat. The things that tempt us should be on our radar screen, and we need to bring them to God when we talk to Him.
We can do everything in our power to keep our kids on the straight and narrow, and still there will be times when they willingly choose to sin. ’Fraid that apple hasn’t fallen too far from the tree as we likewise cannot escape our sin nature. It is wise to pray for God to hedge us in from temptation, but it is also important that we do the hard work to keep ourselves far away from sin.
Action Step: Find a pattern.
Think back to the list of sins from day six. Where do you see patterns of sin as you mother? Are you an angry mom? A bitter mom? A mom who struggles with sins of the tongue? Are there sites that are tempting to you online but are not fitting for you as a Christian?
What steps do you need to take to steer clear of temptation in these areas?
Let me encourage you to take bold steps and to seek accountability. Yes, I know doing so can be painful, but so is the reality of our sin. Do what is necessary to steer yourself away from the temptation to sin this week.
A Mom’s Prayer: Jesus, I thank You that You faced temptation and yet did not sin. Make me aware of areas where I have let my guard down in regard to sin, and show me how to avoid temptation in this area.