Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. — Ephesians 4:31-32 (ESV)
Bitterness between parents and children is poisonous. It is a time bomb waiting to explode. The best thing to do is to defuse it by forgiving each other. The Greek word translated for forgiving in this passage is also translated as grace. In this scripture, the Apostle Paul is telling us to forgive the ones who have offended us, even our own children or other family members with the grace that we have received through Jesus Christ.
Grace is unmerited, undeserved favor. God opened the door for you to be forgiven from ALL of your sins when He sent His Son to the world to pay your penalty and mine. Jesus Christ took your sins and mine to the cross. He took our punishment for us so that we could be pardoned and freely forgiven for all of the wrong that we have done. We did not do anything to earn or deserve God’s forgiveness.
- Take the time NOW to talk with God about your need to be forgiven or about whom you need to forgive.
- Grace removes bitterness and anger.
- It’s never too late to forgive.
(Copied from Silent Victims: God’s Light in a Child’s World of Incarceration, by Scottie Barnes with Thom and Betsy Black, Scott Horne, and Sandi Huddleston-Edwards, Hear My Heart Publishing, 2017)