II Samuel 18:33 And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!
David, the king, had failed in raising Absalom. He didn’t take care of discipline in the home when he needed to do so. He had allowed his children to fight and sin and get away with it. Now after years of ignoring and provoking his son to wrath Absalom is dead. He cries for his son. He misses his son. He would have done anything to keep his son, but it is too late.
He had the opportunity to spend time with his son. He could have spoken into his life. He could have helped him, but his pride, his anger, and bitterness kept them apart all the latter years of Absalom’s life. Now it is too late, and dad’s heart is broken.
Too often this is how we live and act. We say we want the relationship but fail to work on it. We say we love and would do anything yet we do not do it.
Why not love your children before it is too late? Make the call right now. Work on it before you live with your sorrow for the rest of your life.
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