Times may arise as parents, when we “make” our children apologize to each other for ill behavior. We might notice that in many cases; they do not mean it. I remember my husband telling me one day of a transformation in one of our children. My son had wronged a child on the playground. My husband witnessed our son (1) crying to God in prayer on the playground, asking God to forgive him and (2) apologizing to the other child and asking to be forgiven.
The actions of our son had been drilled in through Sunday school and through our
discipline as parents. He finally got it, and this was a blessing for him and for our family.
A primary way God speaks is by convicting us of our sin. He loves us too much to allow us to rush headlong into sin without calling us to repent and return to Him. The Holy Spirit was obviously convicting my child, for he went to great lengths to apologize for his sinful behavior. What an amazing testimony of the power of the Holy Spirit? As Christians, we should never feel right doing the wrong thing.