One thing that has greatly impacted our relationships with our young children over the years is admitting when we are wrong and asking for their forgiveness.
We praise the Lord when He shows us when we are wrong so that we can make things right with them immediately! How precious it is when we see the way their faces light up and how quick they are to forgive us. We are blessed!
Unfortunately, we ask our children’s forgiveness at least once a week or two. We tell our children often that we are imperfect and human and will make mistakes for the rest of our lives.
It is extremely important that we are truly sorry for what we have done and go to our children with a humble spirit and not a condemning one --- no matter what.
Tim and I have done the same thing since we were newlyweds almost twelve years ago and it has blessed our marriage immensely! We have learned to say with a humble heart, “I was wrong to ___. Please forgive me.”
It is not only important for us to admit when we are wrong and ask for forgiveness with a humble spirit, but also to make our relationship right. Restoring our relationship is the goal. We often do this by hugging, patting their sweet head, or holding their hands. We want them to know that we love them.
Because we love our children so much and they are gifts from God, we want to have a great relationship with them. The Lord has indeed blessed us with a beautiful one!
We are not perfect. No not at all. But by God’s grace, we are bringing up children that are loved and nurtured in the admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
[reminder]Do you admit to your loved ones when you are wrong and ask for forgiveness? If so, how has that helped your family?[/reminder]