In the Word
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Revelation 3:19
Of the Word
Why are the words “I’m sorry” so difficult to say? Is it our pride that keeps us from admitting when we are wrong? We sin daily and our sin separates us from God. We mistakenly think we can fix this situation on our own. God knew this was not the case, and He provided the solution by sending His Son Jesus as our Savior. He asks His children to repent of their sins, to turn away from pride, and to find peace and forgiveness in God’s Word.
Parents need to repent just like everyone else. They need to put aside their pride, acknowledge their mistakes, and say “I’m sorry.” When parents model repentance and receive forgiveness, children, the ultimate imitators, see the blessings of forgiveness lived out in their family.
Stretch your faith-filled parenting: Encourage your child to go beyond a glib “I’m sorry” and add the words, “… and I’ll try not to do it again.” Remind them that Jesus forgives them.
Walking with my Lord
Forgiving Redeemer, I am sorry for the times I have failed You and others. Thank You for suffering and dying for me that I may repent and receive Your life-giving forgiveness. Please make repentance and forgiveness the rule in my family. In Your merciful name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Faith-Filled Parenting. Authors: Rev. Larry and Shari Miller. 14/32 ©2009 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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