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Something that I have been thinking about lately is the importance of contrast. It is important to have contrast in all things in life because by having a comparison between two or more things, we are able to clearly see what is the best. For example, by seeing evil we are able to really understand good and how good good really is.
By seeing war and suffering, we are able to understand how really good peace is. By knowing sickness and pain, we are able to really appreciate wellness and health. In seeing a terrible marriage and family life, we can really understand how good a good biblically based marriage and family life is. As Christians, being able to compare and contrast these things leads us to thankfulness and ultimately praise to God.
In light of that, I have been thinking of the raising and discipleship of our children and them going out on their own. If, by God’s grace, we have modeled holistic Christian family life to our children, they might only know good. A biblical upbringing, godly marriages, families that love one another and others offer protection from a lot of sinful scenarios; so our children might have had a lot of life experience with “good” and have not much else to contrast that with.
As they grow to maturity and go out into the world on their own, they will undoubtedly observe the consequences of bad. Seeing the contrast of the good that they were raised with and the bad of a secular world that lives far from God and His holy Word will help them to appreciate the good and continue on in faith and good works.
Ultimately, as parents, if we have raised our children to trust, love, and follow the Lord, we can always stand on the truth that whatever comes into their lives, and wherever their journeys take them as they go out on their own, God will work all things together for their good and His glory!
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