Last night, on our way to a class at church, we were having fun in the car seeing who could remember certain verses. The last verse we recited as we got out of the car was Eph. 6:24.
After class, I went to the children's area to pick up my kids, and my 3 1/2 year old had this very "guilty" look on his face. As I went to hug him, he told me, "I have poop in my pants."
He CAN do it. He CHOOSES to hold the power.
So we have gone round and round and round. Anyway...I digress.
I was cold to him as he tried to engage me in conversation on the way home. I was cold to him as I gave him a bath. I was cold to him as I dressed him for bed and went to tuck him in. He didn't challenge me at all. He knew.
OH. My heart melted. He WANTS to do differently. He doesn't know HOW to necessarily make it happen on his own. He GETS it....at least the asking God for help part.
How precious. I softened. And then, just as instantaneously, the Lord brought to my mind, "In your anger, do not sin."...and then, "Let your GENTLENESS be evident to all." Phil 4:5. I may not have been harsh, but I was not gentle. At all.