TUESDAY, JUNE 11
“As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”
Colossians 3:13 ESV
WISE PARENTS SHOW GRACE
Colossians 3:13 echoes a principle that is consistently found throughout the Bible. The principle is we must be willing to forgive others just like God has offered us forgiveness. Some of God’s strongest words of rebuke are to those who have been shown mercy by God but refuse to show it to others. In Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus tells a parable of a servant who was forgiven his debt but wouldn’t forgive the debt another owed to him. In the end the unforgiving servant is described as a wicked servant. This principle of extended the forgiveness we have received from God to others also applies to our parenting.
Mirosalv Volf wrote a fantastic book on forgiveness titled “Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace.” In the book he uses the beautiful imagery of a stream to show how God’s character (love) is poured into us by His Spirit and becomes our character. God is certainly the fountainhead. The stream of love and forgiveness flows from Him because it is His nature and character. Mistakenly, we often think we are at the end point of the stream … the recipient … the forgiven one. But, truth be told, we all stand mid-stream. We are indeed shown God’s love and forgiveness so that we may pass it on downstream to others. (Ken Pell)
As parents we all want the best for our kids. Some of us are definitely more driven than others to see our kids succeed in life. But the reality is that our kids will struggle and fail occasionally. God is the only perfect parent who has ever lived and even Adam and Eve failed in the garden. God is the model parent and He offers us forgiveness so we must follow His example and offer forgiveness as we raise our children.
Some of us had parents who never seemed to show us grace and so we must look to our Heavenly Father for our example. If you have never experienced God’s unconditional forgiveness through Jesus it will be difficult for you to share that with others. You can be completely forgiven because of what Jesus did for you on the cross. Ask Him now for grace through His Son Jesus Christ.
Others of us were privileged to have parents who modeled Christ-like grace in our homes. Are you harder on your children than God is? To dig a little deeper take some time to read Matthew 18:21-35 and ask God to speak to you about showing grace to others.