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How Should a Christian Respond After Breaking a Family Rule?


Breaking a family rule can be a challenging situation for anyone, especially for young Christians striving to live by biblical principles. The Bible offers guidance on how to handle such situations with integrity, humility, and responsibility. Let's explore the appropriate steps to take when you find yourself in this predicament.

Acknowledging the Mistake

The first step in dealing with the situation is to admit your wrongdoing. Proverbs 28:13 teaches us, “The one covering over his transgressions will not succeed.” It's important to be honest with yourself and your parents about what happened. This honesty reflects maturity and a willingness to take responsibility for your actions.

Apologizing Sincerely

Once you've acknowledged your mistake, the next step is to apologize. 1 Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves with humility.” A heartfelt apology demonstrates humility and a recognition of the impact of your actions. It’s crucial to apologize without making excuses, as this shows genuine remorse for your actions.

Accepting Consequences

Accepting the consequences of your actions is a critical part of the process. Proverbs 8:33 advises, “Listen to discipline.” Your parents may impose certain restrictions or consequences as a result of your actions. Accepting these without complaint shows that you understand the seriousness of your actions and are willing to learn from them.

Rebuilding Trust

Rebuilding trust takes time and effort. Ephesians 4:22 encourages us to “Put away the old personality that conforms to your former course of conduct.” Demonstrating consistent, responsible behavior over time will help to rebuild the trust that was damaged by your actions.

Proactive Measures

In addition to the above steps, it's beneficial to take proactive measures to prevent future occurrences. This might include setting personal reminders or alarms, creating a plan to avoid situations that may lead to rule-breaking, or seeking advice and guidance from trusted adults or mentors.

Reflections from Peers

Hearing from others who have faced similar situations can be helpful. They can offer insights and perspectives based on their experiences, further reinforcing the importance of honesty, responsibility, and the consequences of our actions.


Breaking a family rule is not the end of the world, but it is a situation that requires a mature and responsible approach. By admitting your mistake, apologizing sincerely, accepting consequences, and working to rebuild trust, you demonstrate growth and maturity in your Christian walk. Remember, every mistake is an opportunity to learn and grow, both in your personal life and in your faith journey.

About the Author

EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).

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