Family at its best has a sense of responsibility for personal actions and consequences
Read Galatians 6:4-5
“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.”
Dinner had just ended and clean-up had just begun. All hands were called on deck to assist with the dishes. This was not a popular request. I started to speak to the complaints, when one of my other children spoke up and simply said, “Welcome to the family…this is what we do as part of the family.” I felt like I won the parent lottery that day! Whoo hoo…at least one of my children has been listening all these years and understands that as a family, we might not always like it, but there are things that we do just because we are part of the family. It’s called responsibility.
Learning to be responsible and learning that there are consequences for our actions can be tough lessons and they aren’t always very much fun. Most of us would like to just skip right over them. But those are some of the most valuable lessons we will ever learn and many times, they are what marks the difference between someone who acts as an adult and someone who still acts like a child. If we teach this principle correctly within our families, we can also create a picture of how to deal with sin in our lives in a healthy way.
The consequence for sin in our lives should be death, but through repentance and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we can find grace, forgiveness, and new life.