“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1)

December 19, 2017

Dear Julie:

How do I pray for a child who is an addict and full of pride and arrogance? He is now back in my home and I really don’t want him there but he had nowhere else to go.
— Broken-Hearted

Dear Broken-Hearted:

Your son’s pride and arrogance could be his way of masking the fact he is scared and out of control. But to allow him to stay in your home if he is abusive to you is enabling him to sin against God who expects him to honor his mother.

My advice is to sit him down when he’s not under the influence, tell him you love him and want to offer him shelter. But you cannot allow him to stay in your home and treat you this way. If he wants to stay in your home, he must respect the house rules. “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15). The choice is his to make, but you will remain firm.

While this may feel cruel to you, you will help your son face the truth of what he is doing. There are times when tough love is the best kind of love there is.

May God bless you and give you strength. Julie


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