Jude 1:20-21 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

I always say that I want my sons to grow up strong and independent and they are well on their way.  They like to do things for themselves and they have their own opinions.  They are even beginning to develop their own faith.

When I came across this scripture I wonder if I have my own thinking right.  In the Message version it say “In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love”.

I think of my role as their mom and I take my job serious that I keep them safe.  At their ages they are still dependent upon me and my wisdom.  As they grow they will learn and begin to make choices based on what I have taught them.

This makes me think seriously about this scripture.   Should I be teaching them to be independent or should I teach them to transfer their dependence on me to becoming dependent upon God.  Building them up in their faith.


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