By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: May 16, 2017
From Series: Family Business
Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”.
As Christ followers, we have experienced the overwhelming freedom and joy due to the preemptive work of forgiveness secured for us by Christ on the cross. Since we have accepted God’s free gift of mercy and grace—something we don’t deserve—we too are called to extend the same to others, regardless of the offense. And as our children’s professors in the family university, we must teach them the importance of releasing forgiveness whether they feel like it or not. Because, you see, we can’t flourish in the future if we can’t let go of the past and make peace in the present.
The next lesson in Forgiveness 101 is the necessity of apologizing and asking others to forgive us. Our kids need to know the difference between saying “I’m sorry you feel that way…” and “I’m sorry for____. Please forgive me.” An apology isn’t really an apology if we fail to take responsibility for what we did wrong. Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone”. The greatest part of this lesson, however, is for our kids to understand the ultimate price Jesus paid for the forgiveness of our sins.
Thank God for His constant grace and mercy. Ask Him to help you extend the same to others, and praise Him for His love, wisdom, and righteousness.
Do you have any recent sins you haven’t laid before God? Make a list and ask for forgiveness with a sincere heart accompanied by what you plan to do differently moving forward.
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