We did our best to raise our two sons in a loving home, and we always took them to church and urged them to follow Jesus. One has turned out very well, with a fine family and active in his church, but our other son was always rebellious and now is in prison for dealing drugs. What did we do wrong? We must have been terrible parents to have such a son. — Mrs. P.N.
I don’t know why children from the same family can turn out so differently; in heaven we’ll understand, but not now. But you need to remember that your sons chose the ways they would take. You did all you could to point them in the right direction — but they alone are responsible for the decisions they’ve made and the different paths they’ve taken.
Let both your sons know you love them — and that you always will. That doesn’t mean you approve of the path your one son has taken — but in spite of that, pray for him, and let him know you care what happens to him.
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