2 Samuel 14:33b “Thus he came to the king and prostrated himself on his face to the ground before the king, and the king kissed Absalom.”
Have you ever had someone come to you and apologize, and you knew they didn’t really mean it? You know they were either being forced to do this or they had an ulterior motive. This is what we have here with Absalom. He wasn’t sorry. You can see that clearly if you continue to read in 2 Samuel. Absalom just wanted to come home so he could be “the king’s son” again.
Position has its privilege, and Absalom wanted the privilege. He was proud and cocky. He had no sooner seen the king after 5 years of exile (3 away and 2 back at home) than he began his plot to overthrow his father. You can’t always believe people. But David kissed his son anyway.
Teaching our children to forgive is hard. There is really no way to do that other than modeling it for them. I am sure, as a parent, you have told your little Johnny to tell his sister he was sorry after hitting her. And he probably reluctantly did that, but you and his sister knew he didn’t mean it. Only time would tell if he really was sorry.
But we still have to teach them. We still have to forgive others. We still have to give them the benefit of the doubt. Just think how many times the Lord forgives you when you are less than honest with Him. He loves you and wants you to come to Him in repentance. Only time will tell if you are truly remorseful.
Are you forgiving others? Are you repentant yourself? Try today to truly forgive someone. Perhaps someone has wronged you in the past and you are holding on to that. Let it go. Maybe someone will approach you today and ask for forgiveness. Give it to them. Remember you too are in need of forgiveness every day.