Thursday, August 5, 2010

Why Mommies Get Angry - Understanding the Sin Nature

Following up on the blogs of Mommy temper tantrums and defining Biblical anger, I'd love to touch on some insight on what makes Mommies angry.

I know, unfortunately, because I have struggled through the years, praying, confessing and desiring to overcome.  In all these things, I sought the Lord and His Word, and He has given me any wisdom and any victory I have experienced.

The primary reason I got frustrated and reacted wrongly in  anger when the children were younger, was because I didn't understand the sin nature of children.  Yes, I was completely convinced of the Biblical position that all children were born into sin, but I didn't understand the daily practice of that sin nature.

Somehow, I had this twisted idea that the better Christians my husband and I were, the better our children would be.  I was not understanding that their very nature would entice them to lie, bite, steal, cheat, fuss, whine, beg, disobey, just like every other child in the world.  My children didn't have any different nature, the difference would be in how I handled their sin.

After one particularily exasperating day, I was between boiling in anger and melting in tears when my husband came home from work.  He is an emotionally calm man, and doesn't ride the mountains and valleys as I do. He listened to my tales of all the horrible things his kids did and my disbelief over their naughtiness. (Aren't they always his when they're naughty?)

Looking at this picture 15 years later,
I am amazed they ever frustrated me.
They are so sweet and beautiful!

He looked at me, smiling with a nonchalant attitude, and said, "They're just doing their job.  They're sinners.  Sinners sin."

It was a life-changing moment.  I had expected my kids to be good instead of expecting them to be sinners.

We train them to  "good" and obey until the Holy Spirit takes over that work in their lives when they trust Jesus as their Savior. We can expect them to learn to obey and submit, but we must understand their very nature causes them to sin. We aren't teaching them to be "good" for our sake, we must teach them what behaviors please the Lord, careful not to make them think their behavior earns favor with God.  We offer our lives to Him, because He offered His Son for us.

Later, parenting saved children, we need to understand the nature of the old man, and teach them to walk in the power of the spirit of the new man.  We cannot expect them to be perfect Christians just because they are saved and have been raised in the church.  Our teaching/discipling is a lifetime committment to our children.

If their job is to sin, our job is to teach them how NOT to sin.

My ability to overcome my own sin became the primary focus, concentrating on my testimony before them and my example to them. My purpose in reading the Bible and praying became even clearer and stronger, as this was a spiritual battle for their souls I did not want to lose.


  1. I'm laughing... cause you didn't say what or how you responded to your husbands nonchalant attitude/response to your "telling of tales"... when he said "they're doing their job. Sinners sin".

    I know I would've responded at him (then) in anger, if it would've been me. Because. This very same dialouge happens between me and my husband. Far too often, I'm afraid.

    Great post, so far. And,I'm one in desperate need of God's daily grace and forgivenss.

    Now. Back to finish reading this post...

  2. Hmm.. great thoughts. Your littlies are gorgeous indeed! Aren't you so glad we persevered through these rough years and can look back now without anger and frustration at how beautiful they are and how blessed we are.
    Thanks for this post Mindy.

  3. Wondering if Lee and Nita have arrived yet. How are they doing?

    Yes, expecting them to be good v.s. sinners.. interesting.


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