“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’
Your kids need to see and hear the gospel
What is the Gospel?
That God loved us when we were unlovable and took the punishment of our sin and placed it on His son who willingly accepted the task ( John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, Galatians 1:3-5).
Now, I’m not going to lie, I have some really great kids. They are funny, sweet, smart, kind, talented, and so much more. But like any other kid, they can be hateful, selfish, ungrateful, and uncaring.
The Gospel is not just ignoring what they did
So how do you show your kids the gospel?
No, it’s not by just overlooking their bad behavior. Jesus had to die on the cross because God couldn’t just overlook our sin.
We show them the gospel by making sure they know you love them when they are at their worst. Your kids don’t see real love when you smile at them and hug them when they just brought good grade or won some kind of award but when you do it when they are doing the opposite.
That’s what Grace is, unmerited love freely given.
The Gospel is good news of undeserved Love
We reflect the gospel when we forgive them because we remember how much we’ve been forgiven. My sin debt was so infinitely great that I could have never in all of eternity paid it off. But Jesus took my debt and paid it with His life.
So we look past their hateful remark, we overlook their disrespect, and we forgive them because, compared to what we’ve been forgiven for, their actions are drops of water in an ocean compared to mercy we received.
There are always consequences, but there is also always love.
We didn’t deserve it but Jesus gave it anyway. And our kids might not deserve it but we give it to them as often as they need and to the highest of our capacity.
Forgiven much to forgive much
In the story found in Matthew 18, Jesus is making a point that we have been forgiven an eternal debt. And it is hypocritical for us to withhold forgiveness for a temporal offense committed against us.
We’ve been forgiven much so we forgive much.
We reflect God’s forgiveness when we give others forgiveness.
So every day I want my kids to see the gospel in action through me; in action throughout my life. So I make it a point to tell my kids “I love you for always no matter what”.
That’s what Jesus did for me and it has forever changed my life.