One evening, a mother was cleaning up in the kitchen while her two small children played in the son’s room.
Suddenly, the mother heard her son screaming at the top of his lungs. She rushes into the room to find Timmy’s two-year old little sister, Sally, with a firm grasp on her brother’s hair.
The mother gently released her daughter’s grip, and then turned to comfort Timmy, saying, “There, there. Sally didn’t mean anything. She just doesn’t understand how much that hurts.”
Satisfied that calm was restored, the mother headed back toward the kitchen, but was barely out of the out of the room when suddenly the little girl started screaming. Rushing back in, she found Timmy now with a firm grip on Sally’s hair. The mother scolded Timmy saying, “I told you, when she grabbed your hair, she didn’t know how much that hurts!”
Timmy looked up, smiled and said, “She knows now!”
A few verses come to mind mom might want to share with her children. She might share with her son, Ephesians 4:32, where we read, “be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” And also 1 Peter 3:8-9 comes to mind, where we read we are to, “be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”
Two good verses there for little Timmy.
And little Sally might be reminded of Romans 12:10, where we read we are to, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love.” Seems Sally forgot the “brother” part in “brotherly”!
And finally, a verse for Timmy, Sally, the mom, you and me, John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
So, tempting—natural, even—as it is to want to “get back” at the other guy when you’ve been hurt or wronged, let us remember, we are instructed—commanded, actually—to not return evil for evil, but to love one another.