Memory Verse Monday
It’s that day again! Another Monday, another Bible verse to commit to our memory banks! This week, I chose yet another verse for the whole family, not just for our littles. Sometimes, as adults, we tend to forget the very basic commands that God gives us. As we instruct our children and grow them up in God’s Word, we need to be able to look at ourselves and how we are living and make sure we are practicing what we preach.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” – Ephesians 4:2 NLT
Last week, we were focusing on how to handle our anger. Even Jesus got angry, but he did not sin in his anger. This week, we are looking at one of the things that lead us to anger and sin. And this goes for Mommy and Daddy, too! I know that I am not always gentle or patient, not with my boys or my hubby. Sometimes, I’m not even that way with our pooch! As parents, it can be difficult with everything we have going on to remember to be patient with our children. And children have this innate ability to test our patience when it is stretched to its limits. I have to remind myself on days that they are on my last nerve, that they are young and that I am called to be patient, even when I don’t think I have any patience left. I have to make allowances for their transgressions because they are young and don’t know what they are doing (even if sometimes I really think they do).
Real Life Application
Is it realistic to expect that we’ll NEVER lose our patience with others? I hate to say it, but no, it isn’t. We’re human and we have bad days and it’s a fallen world. But we are called to be humble, gentle, and patient all the same. And we should strive to be those things, even when we aren’t feeling any of them. I want Mason to learn to be humble and gentle with those around him. With him (hopefully!) starting Pre-K later this year, this is something he needs to remember when dealing with his classmates. Practice starts at home and he’ll get plenty of that with his little brother and sister. What’s the best way for Mason to learn these principles? By watching Mommy and Daddy, of course! This is a verse that may need to go up on the fridge as a daily reminder for us that we are setting the example. We may not get it right every day, but what matters is that we are striving to be our best and to teach our babies to do the same.