There must be one place for a child where he/she knows that no matter what happens, the door is always open and that place must be the parental home. Maintaining an open door for your child is probably the most difficult responsibility in Christian parenting. The importance of this cannot be over emphasised. This is an order from God because, while serious wrong doing by oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own off spring will normally affect your fellowship, the fact that he/she is your child is unchangeable. This is how God, our Father in heaven, looks out at Christians and we need to do the same as earthly fathers.
Many Christians are familiar with the story of the prodigal son as told in Luke 15; 11 -24. Jesus narrated that there was a man who had two sons. The younger son requested his share from the fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s estate. He got together all he had, set off for a distant country and spent all his wealth overzealously. After all the wealth was spent, he became so poor; he ate pig feed to avoid starving to death. When he thought of his family, he realised that there was still plenty back home and there was no need for him to be lacking while his father was living in abundance. He came to his senses and decided to go back home and seek his fatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s forgiveness for his behaviour.