The Most Important Ingredient in Family Relationships

When someone asks me, "What do you think is the most important ingredient in the family?" I quickly respond: forgiveness.

It also might be the most difficult.

I can't count the number of times over the years that I've had to go to my husband or my children and say, "Honey, I shouldn't have said what I did, or I shouldn't have done what I did and I need to ask you to forgive me. Will you forgive me?"

I can't remember a single time that I felt like doing this.

I'd much rather tack on, "But if you had or if you hadn't..."

After all, sometimes I think I'm justified.

But God has commanded me to ask for forgiveness and to grant it. So for the sake of my relationship with Him I go…most likely silently kicking and screaming!

If I waited until I felt like doing this I'd probably never do it. And then bitterness and resentment would begin to creep into our relationship creating a low-grade infection that has the potential to grow into a serious illness.

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