“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
Today I am thinking about how important it is for kids to have an earthly example of forgiveness. When I was young, I remember being so focused on fairness. I don’t know where I picked that up. But I thought everything should be as fair as possible.
But forgiveness is rarely fare. Sometimes the examples of forgiving even when it’s not fair are subtle but the effect of them being there is immensely influential on our lives.
My dad used to do this thing. If we did not obey something, he would not be mad. Our punishment was simply to watch him do it for us. For example, if we were supposed to do the dishes or clean our room and didn’t do it, my dad would do it for us without complaint and we would sit there and watch him and talk to him.
For us, it seemed like we were making out big time on that deal! We definitely were making out on it but not because we got out of chores. It was because we got a real life modern example of with unfair forgiveness looked like in our modern lives.
Because we are human, we can never really fully understand God’s crazy powers and one of those is his power of forgiveness. We can aspire to forgive as God forgives but we’ll likely fall short. When we can’t translate the Bible into what it will look like in the 21st century, examples like our dad’s are a blessing from God to guide us.