"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."
Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Perhaps the driver ahead of you paid your bridge toll. Or someone picked up the tab for your coffee at the drive-thru. It gives us a great feeling and spurs us to pass it on.
When we come to know Jesus as Savior and Lord, we have received the greatest kindness ever offered: the gift of a reconciled life with the one, true, living God. But the forgiveness He extends does not end with us. We are called to forgive others as we have been forgiven and to encourage others to live with a forgiving heart, as well.
When we harbor an unforgiving spirit, we hurt more than ourselves. Children have a great capacity to forgive. But they also learn from those around them. As they grow, they will learn to practice forgiving or not forgiving from us. Often, they are watching – and imitating – when we least expect it.
Living out our salvation isn’t limited to sharing the Gospel. It also requires us to extend to others the love and forgiveness God extends to us.
Are you the recipient of God's salvation and continuing forgiveness? Model it and share it with the children - and adults - in your life!