This is a retro post from last fall...
A friend of mine was over and processing some hard things that were happening with a friend of hers. She was feeling rejected and unreconciled from conflict with this friend in which she was initially wronged and then as baggage would have it, words ended up being flung both ways.
The kids had just woken up from their nap. DS was hanging out on the sofa by the banister looking over the foyer, keeping himself occupied, as my friend was walking out the door. As she was leaving she said, "Jill, I just don't feel forgiven and it hurts. And I think I've forgiven, but I still hurt. I mean, really, what is forgiveness?"
Before I have a chance to impart "words of wisdom" (in which I really didn't know what I was going to say and hoping it was one of those times the Holy Spirit would do the talking for me), DS3 pipes up, "It means a clean heart."
We were both floored. We laughed and we praised him and I'm still in awe. This isn't anything my husband or I taught him. He must have learned it from Sunday School or Children's Church - way to go Pastor Keith, Pastor Pat, or Mrs. M. - he's absorbing something from your teaching - keep it up! What a gift, I'm so thankful.
Abide in Love ~ Abound in Thanksgiving ~ Work in Joy...
Live Fully ~ Suffer Rightly ~ Trust Deeply ~ Bless Truly!
LISTEN & LEARN:
"Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."
~ Psalms 25:4,5