Actress Melissa Joan Hart opened up on her Christian faith, detailing how it’s gotten her through many hard times in her life and changed her parenting.
Hart, 42, also explained how she dealt with one of her sons getting into a disagreement with a Jewish friend over faith and the character of someone who knows Jesus Christ as their savior.
What did she say?
Speaking during an appearance on “Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris,” Hart — former “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” star — detailed how her faith plays a large role in her everyday life.
“I feel like every time something bad has happened, I’ve come out of it because of my faith,” Hart said. “It’s for a purpose He has. It’s His will be done.”
The actress went on to detail some of the harder moments in her life, such as the death of her grandmother and the suicide of a close friend, and said that God helped her grow in times of strife and heartbreak.
“I feel like right now I might be just as anxiety-ridden over certain things as I was as an angsty teenager, but now I have this understanding of ‘It’s gonna be OK’ and this calm and peace that people don’t have if they don’t have faith,” she explained.
“Especially as I’ve gotten older and studied more of the Bible,” Hart continued, “I don’t take everything so seriously as I used to. It’s not life or death. God has a reason for everything.”
“Without some of the struggles that I’ve gone through in my life, I wouldn’t be the person I am today,” she added.
What about parenting?
Hart, who is a mother of three young boys, said that her faith has also brought up unique situations in parenting.
The actress also went on to detail an encounter with a Jewish mom after one of her sons got into a disagreement with a Jewish friend.
“When the mom [of the child] called me with a problem in sixth grade, I was like, ‘Well, do I regret telling my son that we don’t know if people believe in Jesus, so we don’t know their character?'” she asked. “Is that a wrong thing to say? Did I set my son on the wrong path, or was that the right thing to say and I should defend that?”