No matter how perfect or imperfect our earthly fathers were, they definitely were not infinite. They didn’t know every nuance of our heart’s thoughts. I just love 1 Chronicles 28:9. The Amplified says, “…For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts…”
When we begin to wander in our thoughts away from the things of God, He will bring course correction. He knows exactly what is needed to bring us back to Him. Progressive sanctification is that perfect reparenting that only He can do. Only He knows what is hidden. We can trust His discipline.
Did your earthly father set boundaries for you? Was he consistent in his discipline? Did he ever break his promises to you? Was he absent or attentive? Our Father has set boundaries, He is consistent in His discipline, He is very present and attentive. Titus 1:2 says, “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.”
Our Father has to reparent us. It is the only way that we can be a partaker of His nature. 2 Peter 1:4 says, “By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Our past was not erased when we were saved. Our sins, past, present, and future were forgiven. If we were impatient before salvation, those sinful patterns may remain. Luke 21:19 says, “By your patience possess your souls.” James 1:2-4 says that it is our trials that test our faith which produces patience. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. Reparenting teaches us to follow the Holy Spirit, so that we can bear fruit that will glorify the Lord.
We can take any negative characteristics in our life. The Holy Spirit will lead us into the truth that will set us free. That is the reparenting process. The goal is that we might emulate the character of Christ. We cannot emulate Him through any shred of our flesh attached. John 15:5 says that apart from Him we can do nothing. John 6:63 says that our flesh profits nothing. We either are walking in our flesh, or we are walking in the Spirit.
If you are interested in delving deeper into this concept of being reparented by God I have a resource. Chapter 6, in Emotional Freedom: releasing the heart, is entitled Reparented By God. It is available on Amazon in ebook and paperback. Let us walk in Hebrews 12:9 and submit to our Father of spirits and live.