Sing the Bible - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (Take Every Thought Captive)
As many of you already know, I’ve been posting new Scripture songs every Tuesday on Instagram and Facebook. (And now YouTube, see above.)
This week’s verse has lofty, cosmic language, but it has been particularly important to me as a parent.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh
but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God,
and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
When I “walk in the flesh” - with my kids, I am constantly monitoring their behavior, praising them or correcting them, and congratulating myself on keeping my cool when they are unreasonable.
This is often how I roll, but it is not divinely-powered parenting.
Divinely-powered parenting starts with remembering how patient and loving God is with me, even though I am “unreasonable” every day. When I receive that divine grace, I approach my kids with the heart of Jesus. I monitor them less and enjoy them more.
So I sing this over and over, fully known and fully loved, with a joyful heart. “Take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
When the “strongholds” in my heart are destroyed, I am ready to wield the “weapons” of love, grace, patience, and kindness to my children.