When our boys were preschoolers, learning to share was our hot topic. Terrell would either claim that a toy was his or say that he needed it as he took it from Ellison. Ellison, who thought his older brother hung the moon, wanted whatever his brother had and would attempt to take it any chance he got – to discover what was fascinating his hero.
Often on the following day Terrell would say to Ellison, “I’m playing with the truck by myself,” or Ellison would dash to get the toy that was Terrell’s favorite the day before and go play with it in a private place. The boys were demonstrating that their hurt, anger or impatience could accumulate – even as preschoolers!
“The tongue has the power of life and death…” (Proverbs 18.21) Words of forgiveness are words of life. But these words don’t come naturally to us. They must be taught.