by Debi Pearl in the newest issue of No Greater Joy Magazine – Why Are My Teens Rebellious?
Editor’s note: So let me get this straight, if a women submits, prays constantly, but she’s throwing disrespectful looks at her husband she’ll ruin the entire family? Whoa! That’s making a lot of assumptions about someone without much evidence.
The children are subtly being persuaded that the head of the house is not really the spiritual leader and therefore not to be highly regarded—in fact he is a detriment to the growth of the family. No wonder when they become teens they treat their dad like the burden she has contrived him to be. Of course, when the children are young, Mom seems like a strong, spiritual woman, but as they mature they look at her with the same critical eyes of judgment she has used on Dad. Every look of irreverence toward Dad is now multiplied and sent back in her direction (Matt. 7:1–5). She has trained her children well in the folly of disrespect and irreverence. They might obey because she has obeyed, but what is obedience without honor?
Mother, if you have a reputation as a fine Christian woman yet lose your children to bitterness, what have you gained? Will it be satisfaction enough to be able to blame your husband?
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