Settle matters quickly with your adversaries.
If you have more than one child, then quarrels are bound to break out at any given point throughout your day. Teach your children from an early age to be quick to apologize to their siblings. In teaching our children the value of humbling themselves and apologizing, you are setting your child up for a life of peace with others.
There is an art in apologizing to another person. First, you humble yourself and acknowledge that you have indeed hurt another human being. Whether you hurt them physically or with your words or actions, recognize that your brother has been wounded. This is a valuable trait in a relationship. Second, vocalize to the offended that you understand what you did was wrong. Third, move towards the apology. Teach your child to physically say, “I am sorry, will you forgive me?” After the apology has been given and forgiveness extended, teach your children to hug and make up.
Keep accounts short in your family. Short accounts build strong families. As you teach this principle of short accounts and apologizing to your children, make sure you are living it out in your own life. If you offend your child in some way, maybe by not listening to them, losing your patience or yelling at them, you need to apologize to your child. You will find that your family will grow stronger and be more loving toward each other with eager hearts towards forgiveness.
Prayer: Father, Remind me throughout my day to keep short accounts, not only with my children, but also with my husband, friends, and other family members. God, even when I do not want to apologize, give me the strength and courage to humble myself and admit I messed up. God, I pray that the people I offend would forgive me. Enable me to teach this life principle to my child and for it to take root in their hearts.
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