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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for November 24, 2014

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MONDAY, November 24

Galatians 6:1 My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.

One thing that continues to amaze me about the art of parenting is how forgiveness works. I don’t know about your family, but in ours, we make mistakes. We hurt each other, we offend each other, and, if I’m honest, we do it more than I would care to admit. And we forgive each other. We try to be very intentional about forgiving, saying “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you.” As you might imagine, the exchange is sometimes contrived and insincere. But it’s a practice we try to model, not merely in words, but in intention as well.

The thing that amazes me about all this is how it works. One minute the kids might be yelling at each other and freely shedding tears, and the next moment, after the work of forgiveness, they might be playing peacefully or cuddling on the couch. I love how the letter to the Galatians puts it, that we should, “restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness.” My hunch is that if we all approached each other with more gentleness, the world would be a better place.

Pray for the Diocese of Kebbi (Kaduna, Nigeria)

Ps 106:1-18 * 106:19-48; Zechariah 10:1-12; Galatians 6:1-10; Luke 18:15-30

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