“The body hates the soul and wars against it, not because of any injury the soul has done it, but because of the restriction the soul places on its pleasure.” – Letter to Diognetus
How hard a truth this is to see; and then, how hard it is to train up the self-control to subdue the desires of our flesh.
And if such a battle it is for us adult folk, whose wills should certainly be more fully developed and strong, then let us have sympathy for our kiddos, who have wills just as big as ours but are still weak against the power of pleasure. The child has not yet the wisdom, nor the strength of will to restrict themselves.
It is out of love, wisdom and experience of knowing what is right and good that a parent restricts how much candy their children should have, or how late they should stay up, or how early they should rise.
“…just as the soul loves the body and all its members despite the body’s hatred…”
So, as the soul does, as the Father does, we must be the “soul” that knows best for our children.
And, be strong for them, help strengthen them, even in protest.
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