The Power of Forgiveness
Have you ever had days where you just couldn’t get anything done and your child(ren) were not being obedient? Recently, I had a day like that. My son and I were clashing when it came to everything. He wasn’t doing his chores and or being obedient. Before I knew it, I said some unkind words. I think my response actually shocked him.
Within 20 minutes, my son came to me and said, “Mom, I’m sorry for not listening to you and doing things my way.” I told him that I accepted his apology and gave him a hug, but it wasn’t from my heart. I was just going through the motions and still feeling a little upset. I accepted his apology only with my words, but not with my heart. Throughout the day, he was trying to please me by being extra kind and asking if I needed assistance, etc.
In my spirit, I was checked. Some may call it a feeling or intuition, but as believers, we know it was the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 18:21-35, in summary, Jesus gives a parable of a servant who was forgiven of his debt, but he could not forgive the debt that was due to him (go read the parable in greater details when you have time). How can I expect my sins to be forgiven if I’m not willing to sincerely forgive my son? I was hit like a brick when I read that scripture. I knew that I had to go back and fix it. I asked my son and God to forgive me for my actions and I sincerely meant it.
What is being hindered?
Have you been asking God for something in your life? Are you praying for something specific? If you are and haven’t received an answer, unforgiveness might be a key link.
Do you look at apologies from children less meaningful versus one from an adult? Children apologies are as sincere as they get. Their hearts are tender and speak from a place of pureness. I had to recognize the sincerity of my son’s heart. An apology is an apology and we should forgive even when it comes from the little people in our lives.
I don’t want….
My prayers for my husband, my children or family hindered.
That’s exactly what happens when we don’t have forgiveness in our hearts. We can’t walk around with a grudge because it will lead us absolutely nowhere.
I challenge you today to FORGIVE
Do you need to go back to someone and ask for their forgiveness?
Do you do you need to repent of your actions?
Do you need to get it right with a family member?
Do it quickly so that your prayers will not be hindered.
Don’t go another day or month holding a grudge against your sister or brother.
If you need a little help with the process of forgiveness, grab my forgiveness worksheets and begin the path of being blessed.
Until next time, continue to add value to your family.