Have you ever noticed that attitudes can be infectious? One person with a bad attitude can affect a whole room just as a person exuding joy can spread that attitude as well. The times I find hardest to find joy and spread joy are when my children misbehave and I have to go into “discipline” mode. Ugh, never fun.
I’ve often let my children’s bad choice or bad mood influence my attitude and then we all end up miserable. I use a harsh tone and the bad attitudes escalate on all sides. But God doesn’t do this with us. He uses grace and mercy in his correction. He lets us feel the natural consequences to our actions and while they are times we feel we are being punished or that God is acting unfairly, we know it’s not really the truth.