Not only must we understand ourselves as parents, but we must understand our children. You must see that those precious little ones whom you love so much are liars, cheats, thieves, rebels, and also self-righteous Pharisees, one of the most endemic of all sins among children in church-going, Christian families. They have all the same sins that we have, but they are not yet as sophisticated in hiding them. If you don’t see them as utterly sinful you will be severely handicapped in your task of preparing them for war. They may or may not have had an experience with the Lord, but in either case they still, as do we, live in sinful bodies of flesh, bodies of corruption, as Paul says (Romans 6:6; 7:24).

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