“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” ~ Ephesians 1:7
My children have the “apology” down pat. They know that when they get in trouble and have a time-out, they can signal that they’re ready to rejoin the family by declaring “I’m ready to be nice”- repeatedly, and very loudly until I let them come back into the room. They have no problem saying that they’re sorry. My kids have even learned to go a step farther by defining being sorry to mean that they won’t do it again… which we know isn’t exactly the truth, but as a parent, I figure it’s a start!
However, the older that my kids get, honestly they aren’t toddlers anymore, I have realized that the apology needs to go even further. My kids know all the “right” things to say, but now, I have to take them a step further. Now, we have to move beyond what an apology sounds like, and start working on what an apology looks like. We have to show with our actions that we understand our mistakes, and are actively working on not making them again.
Doesn’t that sound familiar? I cannot be the only person who knows exactly what to say when I get to the church parking lot… It’s been busy, my youngest was sick, Jesus loves me no matter what, I’m ready to be nice now. However, just like every other parent out there, God wants more than words from us. He wants our actions. We have to show him that we’ve learned from our mistakes.
My kids know that I am going to forgive them, just as we know that God forgives us. But now, I want them to show me that they have learned from their mistakes. The Lenten season gives us the perfect time to give God more than our words. Now is the acceptable time…
How are you giving God more than words this Lent?