Thank God for His mercy.
“Where is the god who can compare with you – wiping the slate clean of guilt, turning a blind eye, a deaf ear, to the past sins of your purged and precious people? You don’t nurse your anger and don’t stay angry for long, for mercy is your specialty. That’s what you love most. And compassion is on its way to us. You’ll stamp out our wrongdoing. You’ll sink our sins to the bottom of the ocean. You’ll stay true to your word to Father Jacob and continue the compassion for showed Grandfather Abraham – everything You promised our ancestors from a long time ago. ” Micah 7:18-20 (The Message)
This morning Ethan got a spanking for kicking and hitting both of his sisters….nothing new around here.
Only a few hours laters, he threw something and hit Ellie in the forehead…on purpose….ugghhhh…..
I called him into my room to talk to him and spank him yet again. I am determined to win this “battle” of being unkind to his sisters.
I got out my Bible, read him a few verses about being kind and he seemed to be taking it all in. Not his usual hysterical self, who is crying before he even gets a spanking…..
He stood before me and I reached to hug him before I spanked him.
He looks up at me and says, “Would you show me mercy?”
In the past, on a few occasions when one of our children was about to receive a spanking, I have talked to them about mercy.
And I have not spanked them.
I talked to them about how God shows us mercy, even when we don’t deserve it.
This time, I asked Ethan who it is that shows us mercy when we do something wrong. His answer was God. We talked about working on being kind to his sisters and not hitting and throwing things. We talked about the next time that this happened, there would be a spanking to follow.
But this time…..
There was mercy….
Take the opportunities God gives you to teach your little ones about His mercy.