Wednesday, October 29, 2008

12 Ways to Love Your Wayward Child

Abraham Piper is the son of Dr. John Piper, the preaching pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Abraham lived far from the Lord (drugs, alcohol, sex) until when he was 23 years old, he surrendered his heart and life to Jesus Christ. Last year he wrote this article to encourage those who are struggling with wayward children. It was recently reprinted in the BGC World magazine. I am just quoting a small part of his opening and the points that he made.

12 Ways to Love Your Wayward Child
by Abraham Piper

The best way I know to describe what happened to me that morning is that God made it possible for me to love Jesus. When he makes this possible and at the same time gives you a glimpse of the true wonder of Jesus, it is impossible to resist his call. Looking back on my years of rejecting Christ, I offer these suggestions to help you reach out to your wayward child so that he or she, too, would wake up to Christ’s amazing power to save even the worst of us.

1. Point them to Christ.
2. Pray.
3. Acknowledge that something is wrong.
4. Don’t expect them to be Christ-like.
5. Welcome them home.
6. Plead with them more than you rebuke them.
7. Connect them to believers who have better access to them.
8. Respect their friends.
9. Email them.
10. Take them to lunch.
11. Take an interest in their pursuits.
12. Point them to Christ.

To read the entire article and his explanation of each point, Click Here.

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