Have you ever had your name written on a blackboard? I used to do that with 5 year olds, as their behavior improved it was erased off. Three times could mean no recess, and I was just seventeen myself.helping out the kindergarten teacher. That was a long time ago. I don’t recall doing it in family daycare, I must have been growing in grace.
Learning how others disciplined, and that is not a bad way, not really shaming, because others are already aware that you are misbehaving. It is not like a dunce cap or a little boy whom one of my teachers bathed off in front of the class when I was in school many moons ago. He was dirty and we were going on a field trip or something. No, we are growing in grace and we learn from our mistakes and those of others.
Parents, we must accept, probably did the best they could with what they knew. And maybe, they were not believers. even so, I am not excusing abuse or lack of discipline. Parents have become fearful of disciplining their children. Labels are easily placed on some things that are just bad behavior, I am not saying there are not behavioral and even psychological disorders. It takes His grace and wisdom for peace to rule, or homes become a battlefield.
Like unruly children who need disciple, to be taught, raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, our names have erased by grace, hourly, daily, over the months and years of our lives. He gives us grace upon grace. John 1:16. The good thing is that our names are in the Book of Life and He remembers sin no more.
People do, we do, we beat ourselves up as believers, the enemy surely does. So I wanted to give you a picture of grace. I used to tell children after a bad day, that that was yesterday. So what about today? Are we still sitting with a dunce cap, standing in a corner or staring at our name on a chalkboard?
Jesus isn’t, He sees the finished work, the workmanship and handiwork of God, that we are His masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10. We are, being a new creation in Him, refined and growing in grace. So write some verses or affirmations of faith on your chalkboard if you have one in the kitchen or at work.
By grace are you saved through faith, not of yourselves, it is a gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Ephesians 4:7
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Phillipians 1:7
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. Romans 11:6
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. 1 Corinthians 1:3
His grace is sufficient. 2 Corinthians 5:9
He gives grace generously. James 4:6
,,,,,according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 1 Peter 1:2
May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18
Are our sins erased by grace? Let’s read…..
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until His enemies should be made a footstool for His feet. For by a single offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then He adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:11-18
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