For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. – Matthew 6:14
Love has many components and dimensions. It’s not all emotion and it often takes great effort.
One dimension of love that can require great effort is the act of forgiveness. Love, in its most liberating form, forgives. Forgiveness can be simple, or it can be difficult and complicated. It has its best chance to present itself when one has learned it from a parent over years of observation.
If children are to be forgiving, their parents must teach them the art of forgiveness. Every day in thousands of ways, children are asking parents, ‘Do you forgive me?’ Dashed expectations often lead parents to consciously or unconsciously give the message, ‘You’re not forgiven.’
What message are you communicating to others? The Bible contains many examples of forgiveness. Do a word-search and see for yourself. Then be ready to model forgiveness.
- Steve Arterburn
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smedes (1921-2002)