How to forgive as God forgives. Graciously and with discipline.
As we deal with forgiving our child’s misdeeds, it’s commendable that we want to emulate God’s forgiveness. But do we really understand God’s forgiveness?
Too many parents with all good intentions confuse forgiveness with meaning that Junior is allowed to escape his misdeeds with no consequences at all.
Yes, the biblical concept of grace and forgiveness frees human beings from the eternal punishment of sin. But not always the refining discipline or consequences of the here and now.
Psalm 99:8 says, “you were to Israel a forgiving God, though you punished their misdeeds.” As our spirit-led forgiveness keeps Junior in our good graces, the discipline we still impose will become even more effective.
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