Another time, Dan was running in the house with a basketball as he was chased by my other brother Rodney. Dan jumped on a chair that just happened to have rollers on it and proceeded to roll right through the living room window with Rodney in hot pursuit. Thankfully, none of us was ever injured by the glass, only left with stinging bottoms from the spanking from our father, which followed the smashing of the glass.
We were children growing up in the country without neighbors. Our technology consisted of a console black and white television, and a heavy, black, rotary-dial, party-line telephone. There was no lying around the house; Mom always wanted us engaged in some kind of activity. As children do, we managed to make mischief, breaking the windows being some of most memorable.
Dad used to tell us just before he spanked us, “This is going to hurt me more than it does you.”
“Yeah, right…,” we used to think. However, as we became parents we learned what he meant. Children need discipline; and although most parents do not enjoy the process, it is a necessary part of raising children. My parents made sure to tell us they loved us after a disciplinary action, and we never doubted that our parents loved us because they disciplined us. After the incident was over, it was over. No affection was withheld, and we were forgiven until the next event of disobedience and/or destruction. The only times these incidents were discussed again was in laughter at family get-togethers throughout the years.
These days, my disciplinarian is my Lord, my God. He has had to forgive a lot more in my life than a few broken windows. I know His law and His commandments to love Him and love my neighbor, and still I fail often. Regardless my sin, I know there is a restored relationship of love and peace and joy that is coming after my confession and repentance.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
I also know that there is no sin too great for God to forgive except the sin of rejecting Jesus Christ’s gift of salvation. God is not naturally selfish and revengeful as we are, He is supernaturally loving and forgiving. He wants to forgive us and restore us to a right relationship with Himself. He does not grow sick and tired of us as we do of “repeat offenders.”
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:22-24(NKJV)
Peace and joy await us at the foot of the Lord’s throne of mercy and grace. Thank Jesus for that.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. NIV®. COPYRIGHT © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
(NKJV) Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW KING JAMES VERSION, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved
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