As someone who spends a lot of time with children, I often think about how the children do whatever I do. It becomes very important to watch my tone of voice, and things I say to them, because they’ll pick up on it and soon they’ll sound just like me. Gotta be a good example to those little ones!!
But have you ever thought about how often little are a good example for the adults to follow? Take the area of forgiveness for example. A young child may be really mad at his sibling or friend for a little while but in few minutes they have both forgotten about the fight and are playing happily together again. But in contrast, how often do teens or adults hold grudges against someone that has wronged them? They may go days, or even weeks without speaking to each other!
When you don’t forgive people this is not only harming your relationship with that person, but also your relationship with your Heavenly Father! In Matthew 6:15 it says, “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” And in Psalm 66:18 we read, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”. The good news though is in Numbers 14:18, “The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression…” I am so thankful for the longsuffering of the Lord! We also see in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If there is someone you’re upset with, or someone who has wronged you, let that go. Forgive them, just as the Lord has forgiven you!
Let’s learn from the children and forgive quickly and whole-heartedly like they do!
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” — Psalm 32:5