Did you forgive me because you love me?

My 3 year old daughter taught me a lesson in forgiveness, and it blew my mind.

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"Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins."
-1 Peter 4:8

One thing I love to do in the morning before I get ready for work is spend time with my oldest two daughters.  The younger two kiddos tend to still be asleep, but B and G are up and in their playroom before me.  It's a special time when I head in there for 10-30 minutes, give them hugs and kisses, and spend quality time with them.

Yesterday, my oldest two switched it up and came into my room instead of their playroom.  I had been up - I woke up with a migraine - so I had them cuddle up with me in bed.

It's easy enough for my 3 and 2 year old to make a mistake, and B did.  She accidentally hit me in the face with a hard part of one of her toys, and it hurt.  She heard me say 'ow' so she apologized.  (Insert one small ray of hope that we are training her up well!)

I told her I forgive her, truly and unfortunately out of habit, and then she caught me off guard.

She asked, "Why do you forgive me?"

I was about to say something about it being the right thing, but she follow right up without missing a beat: "You forgive me because you love me?"

And in that moment, my heart sank.

Not in a bad way.  No, this was so, so good.  It showed me that our intentionality with where we partner for preschool and church was reinforcing what we teach our children.  It showed me she at least memorized truth, whether or not it had penetrated her heart yet.  It showed me she was being trained up in the way she should go.

And most importantly, it showed me that I did forgive because I loved her.  I love her so much, just like every parent loves their child.  And because I love her, I forgive her.

Because He loves me, He forgives me.

Because He loves you, He forgives you.

Man, did that sink in.  All from something my 3 year old said.

He loves us.  And as we love each other how He loved us (John 13:34), we can forgive and live in unity and show we are His children.

Michael Tatonetti