Helping Families Deal With Anger: A Biblical Perspective
By Sudi Kate Gliebe
In this article, Sudy Kate Gliebe from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provides biblical strategies and tools for helping families and children who struggle with anger (get entire article as PDF download below).
The spiritual effects of anger in families are devastating. However, the Bible offers hope; it provides guidance on how to deal with anger constructively. This article will address the dynamics of angry families and the crucial role of parents. It will explore the contemplative method and its potential to provide biblical guidance and restoration to angry children. Specifically, the article proposes meditation and journaling as viable solutions to help children with habitual anger. Read the rest of this entry »
“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:26-27).
How Kids Think
Kids complain, “My parents won’t let me do anything!“ As children grow older, they want fewer restrictions and more freedom. Kids cannot understand why parents don’t trust their judgment. They view parental boundaries as roadblocks to their independence. Read the rest of this entry »
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV).
How Kids Think
Children are selfish by nature. They enjoy the limelight. They like to receive gifts. They have learned to expect much from others. Children become so accustomed to having their needs met that they rarely think about serving others. Read the rest of this entry »
I Dropped My Kids Off at Church—Why Didn’t That Fix Them? In this revealing article, pastor Nathan Rouse provides four practical keys that can help parents grow spiritually healthy kids.
“Last year, my oldest son went through a phase where he refused to finish his dinner, and frankly his mother and I were tired of trying to meet his every whim. After going back and forth without any progress, I decided we would only feed him once a week. It was risky, I know. As you can imagine, the first week his energy level dropped and he wasn’t his normal energetic self. The good news, however, was every Sunday, I took him out to eat at a nice restaurant and let someone else feed him. He was able to fill up, but then it was back to no food during the week.” Read the rest of this entry »
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it”
Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV). Read the rest of this entry »