You ask. You suggest. You try to reason. No success. But the matter is urgent and learning is not up for debate.
The mind is not willing. The heart is not open to correction. The child has decided to disobey.
So out of kindness, you decide to push the back of his head to make him move (any obedience is better than none). He hardens his neck against your hand, pushing his body against your will.
For the moment, he becomes a stiff necked child.
I admit to the Lord that I am useless without his will in my heart. I ask for his leadership. Then, when a moment comes to do what is right I choose my own direction. Without saying a word I become a stiff necked child.
What is the meaning of Grace?
Stay with apathy. Stay with superstition. Stay with your own brand of religious ideals. Laugh at what is Holy. Mock sincerity. Consider godly righteousness as a myth. Leave the Bible in the room of “ignoring”. Be critical of those who try to obey. Receive gossip about Christians and pass it on with a joyous mouth.
What does stiff necked mean?
Who are we that God should even care about us, a stiff necked brood of snakes? Yet he suffered among us the most brutal life and death to redeem us as his.
Give the gospel another opportunity.