He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west
(Psalm 103:12 NLT).
The battle of the wills has occurred in our home. My four year old daughter has been testing me like never before. I have been dumbfounded by this because she is normally a very easy going child. However, the past few months she seems to be confused about who is the parent and who is the child. This has resulted in some unfavorable behavior.
Unfortunately, this behavior has caused a need for some action on my part. Since my husband is usually at work when this happens, it is up to me to teach her right from wrong. I attempt to handle the situation as soon as it arises because I don't want any confusion as to why I'm correcting her. I've discovered that after the discipline and the storm blows over, she sincerely confesses her wrong doing, apologizes and then our relationship is restored. Afterward, I forget the offense and treat her as though nothing has happened, even though I know this same battle of the wills may occur again in the very near future.
God does the same thing in my life. I don't always do everything right and I, too, can have a rebellious spirit, but the Lord forgives and forgets my offense when I confess it and ask to be forgiven. Some things are easy to forget while others takes a long time. However, we should bring these things before God immediately and ask Him to help us. In Psalm 103:8-14 NLT it says,
The Lord is merciful and gracious; He is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does He deal with us as we deserve. For His unfailing love toward those who fear Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He understands how weak we are; He knows we are only dust.
As God's children, let's not wallow in the past, but rather model forgiveness and strive to put the actions of others behind us and move on. Let's be a people who follow God's example.
Lord, forgiving others is not always easy for me. Please help me to follow Your example and not let the actions of others stay with me for too long. Help me to be a woman who forgives and forgets easily. In Jesus' name, Amen.
May 29, 2008