So what exactly am I referring to? Well, we work hard to teach our kids to do right. We want them to do right all the time, but kids are people, and people aren't perfect. They make mistakes and do foolish things. Although we are strict with our children and expect a lot from them, there are times when we simply just have to give grace.
Oh, how many times a parent has had a child come to them tattling because a sibling didn't do what they were supposed to be doing. And when it gets out of control, what do we often resort to? "Don't tattle." Well, I'm learning to replace those two words with two life giving words - "give grace."
Now, it took a time or to of explaining exactly what I meant for the children to get it, but what a lesson! I don't want to dismiss the fact that a child is doing wrong, nor do I want to belittle the one tattling. Rather, I want to pass along something greater. Yes, I acknowledge that what the tattler is telling is true, but sometimes we have to overlook and realize that we must give grace. After all, don't we all like to receive that grace from time to time?
Okay, so let's look at this from another perspective. This isn't just a sibling or childish issue here. How many times do we look at other Christians or even non-Christians and go to God saying look at what they are doing. However, how many times does God really just want us to show grace to them just like He is constantly showing His grace to us.
I am thankful that God doesn't punish me every single time for every little mess up. I am thankful for His longsuffering and for His grace that He shows me every day. Aren't you?