Forgiveness vs Contempt: What Toddlers Can Teach Us
Ace and Hope were on top of their game today.
Their love hate relationship is both beautiful and frustrating to observe. It's amazing how they can go back and forth between fighting and fun. One minute it's don't touch me, don't look at me, don't talk to me, don't play with any toys because I want all of them. The next minute they're playing together, sharing, laughing, having fun, and loving each other like the fighting never happened and all is forgiven.
We adults could stand to learn a bit from these interactions.
The vast majority of us have likely had a falling out with a family member or friend because of some trivial matter that we may or may not even still remember. Many of us probably still hold a grudge or two.
It's not worth it.
Love is so much more powerful than hate or contempt.
You can't control how the other party handles the situation, but you are the master of your domain.
Choose to forgive. Let it go. Sometimes that means humbling yourself, forgiving yourself, and asking the forgiveness of another. Forgiveness is more productive than contempt.
While contempt is like an open wound and keeps you stuck in the past, forgiveness brings healing and peace and allows you to move forward.
Contempt and unforgiveness and holding grudges will only continue to bring you additional pain. Choose healing, choose peace. Choose love.
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.