My preschoolers would sometimes get into quarrels and spats.
Typically, I’d say, “Okay! I think we need to talk with Jesus about this.” I’d gather them together and go to prayer.
Afterward, I’d require the guilty person do two things:
1. Apologize to the person he/she hurt.
2. Ask forgiveness from the person he/she hurt.
The offended person needed to learn to say, “I forgive you.”
I did the same thing whether they were playing alone or had friends over.
I believe this in important in training children. Most people today will apologize, but will not ask for forgiveness. It has become unfamiliar in our culture. Yet I wanted my children to be comfortable doing this because God wants us to be a forgiving people. He wants us to learn to seek forgiveness. It’s the healthy thing to do.
I had been working on memorizing 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Whatever the problem, I wanted to focus on bringing my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. I wanted my children to learn to do the same.
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6