Iron sharpens iron,
and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. I Peter 4:8 (and other places)
One of the good things about receiving feedback is that I am challenged to continue thinking about a matter. That’s why I welcome comments that challenge something I have said, and even comments that I might ultimately continue to disagree with. It’s also why I’m thankful for my husband, who is one of the few who are bold enough to tell me I’m wrong, and are gracious when I finally admit they’re right. 🙂
Lee doesn’t like the word ignore. I harumphed a bit when he told me this, but when I looked it up, I realized he was right. The AHD says ignore means “To refuse to pay attention to; disregard.” Then I noticed that this is what Diane seems to be saying in her comments, too.
And another friend reminded me that Jesus paid an awful price for every single sin I have ever committed or will commit. In this sense, God does not “disregard” our sin. But there is a sense where God does not bring up every failing. Who could stand up to a laundry list of every single area of struggle, every thought, every action? It would be too overwhelming for a person who feared the Lord and was attempting to be obedient to His Word.
I still believe there is something to be learned about God, and parenting, in understanding what it means that God does not “mark every sin.” I think it’s safe to say that I need to understand how to wisely decide what to address immediately and thoroughly, and what to defer to another time and place.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him,
and his righteousness unto children’s children (Psalm 103:8-17).
What is God teaching you this week? How is Scripture changing you?