There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing…
(Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5b)
A time to embrace…
It’s easy to embrace a child who is acting right. Only God’s grace can help you to do that when a child is making wrong choices. There is a time to embrace your prodigal, despite the hurt and pain his decisions cause you. Regardless of the actions, and in spite of your personal feelings.
Oftentimes, it’s grace that speaks the loudest. More than your scripture verses or words of wisdom. More than the shouts of anger or the ultimatums. By embracing God’s grace to us, we learn how to embrace others in need of His grace.
A time to refrain from embracing…
Yet there is also a time to refrain from embracing…when boundaries must be established for the good/safety of yourself and/or your child. Clear-cut rules are enforced. No more chances are given. Tough love is dished out.
It isn’t always easy to know when the time is right to embrace and when it’s not. This is why it’s so important you are constantly seeking God for help…insight…wisdom…direction. He will show you not only whether it’s the time to embrace or not but what that looks like.