Because GOD IS MERCIFUL, I know He forgives me when I sincerely ask in Jesus' name!
God's mercy enables us to break free from the habits of sin that have bound us.
As a result, we can have peace, joy, fulfillment and purpose.
Bill Bright, Discover God
There are two extremes when it comes to extending mercy to our children.
One extreme is to fear mercy. Those in this category don't want their kids to think that they can avoid consequences for their poor choices. By showing mercy, these parents fear their kids won't learn responsibility, so they rarely, if ever, show mercy.
The other extreme is fear of discipline and accountability. These parents don't want their kids growing up paranoid of failure. They are afraid of putting them under the burden of legalism, so they rarely, if ever, discipline their children.
Most of us lean to one extreme or the other. We are All imperfect examples of what God's Mercy really is.
Only God's Mercy completely and totally forgives. Only God's Mercy recognizes when it's best to erase the consequences and when it's merciful to let the consequences stand. Only God's mercy can perfectly discipline without the chains of legalism.
You and I do the best we can, but we are only a dim reflection of the power and freedom that God's Mercy gives. Teach your child about God's Mercy (and why it matters), and you will help them unlock the chains of legalism and bask in the freedom of obedience to His Word!
But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against Him. Daniel 9:9, Discover God Bible, (NLT).
- Does everyone deserve mercy?
- How have you experienced mercy in your life this week?
- What can you do to show mercy to someone difficult to forgive?
"ABIDE" for God is Merciful
A - Activity ... Family Fun Activities!
B - Bible Times ... Exploring God's Word together
I - Influencing Others ... how can you make a difference?
D - Drawing/Drama ... exploring your creative side!
E - Experience ... finding the teachable moments