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WHAT WE WISH OTHERS KNEW ABOUT HAVING AN UNFAITHFUL CHILD/SPOUSE

Some, maybe most men have a problem being faithful. However, women are also to blame.  Your vows are important and should be cherished and protected as important.  In other words, sngle women, leave that married man alone. He is not yours and most likely will never be. Try to have more respect for the wife, your sister. Be your sister's keeper and stay away from her man. When he approaches you, point him in the direction of his wife whom he loved enough to marry, now make it work. What God has joined together let no man or woman put asunder.  Not even yourself.

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I have to agree with the situation being a matter between God and child.  If we as parents have done all we could to raise our children in the ways of the Lord and they choose not to follow those teachings then I feel it is the child who has failed God and not the parents who have failed the child.

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I too know the feeling of unfaithful children.  It hurts but they were raised the same, one is a terrific person and the other is mad at the world and always in trouble.  Have hopes for the terrific person, cause she knows the truth.  Even when she married her husband who had been married before, she said "Yes, Mom he has a scriptural divorce," before I could even ask her the question myself. She knows the truth but still will not attend any church that she chooses.

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Don't think it can't happen to you. It can. I used to think the same thing when I was younger. I train my child right, my child is a Christian, no, my child will never fall away. Then she did. The hurt that is felt is worse than anything else. It's worse than a death.

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We cast all our care upon Him who careth for you.

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After we've done everything we can do in training, nurturing, correcting, warning, being the best example we know how . . . and our child is still being willfully disobedient to God, we have to realize, in the end it is a matter between our child and God. We must learn to let go and leave the outcome in God's hands. We can't always protect our children from sin and its consequences, much as we desperately want to. Turn the problem over to God and pray, pray, pray!

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I understand how mothers sometimes begin to wonder if they might be responsible in some way for how their child turned out.  I do know better, but have found myself trying to look back and figure out what I could or should have done differently.   We did the best we knew how to do with our children.  One died unfaithful, and the other has fluctuated back and forth over the years, and is currently unfaithful, and totally uninterested in the Lord's church, or the consequence of sin.  Yes, I wish we had done some things differently - but raising children is an on-the-job training assignment.  And what works for child #1 may not work for child #2.   And it does no good to dwell on what has passed, because it cannot be changed now.




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November 2017