This reminds me of a discussion I had with my 6-year-old son. He had been disciplined for something he had done wrong. The punishment was to stand in the corner. He stood in the corner and then had to go to the bathroom but upon returning he acted as though he was unaware of what he was supposed to be doing. I am sure you are like me and know when your child is trying to pull a fast one.
Bless their hearts, they make it so obvious when they know what is right and they are doing the opposite. My son then proceeded to be confused on why he was in trouble and that he had no idea that he was supposed to be in the corner. Both of my sons understand that if they need to go potty they can leave the corner and then immediately return.
My son and I went into the bedroom and at length discussed what it means to embrace truth and reject lies. My son was choosing to reject truth by “forgetting” his responsibility to return to the comer. Upon further discussion he finally admitted that he was wrong and that he knew what he was suppose to do. We reiterated that fact that without Jesus we cannot embrace truth and that our hearts love lies. We talked about our need for Jesus and how hard it is to admit when we are wrong.
This lesson is true for us as well. We are not “good” and we reject truth all the time. We need Jesus and we need to be able to admit when we are wrong and ask for forgiveness. Jesus was and is truly good and without him we are utterly lost!
With Great Love & Truth,