Forgiveness is often a slippery, double-sided slope for people. We want to be the recipient of forgiveness when we’ve wronged someone but when they’ve wronged us? Well, sometimes we don’t think they deserve it. My pastor, Craig Groeschel, says, “We judge others by their actions but ourselves by our intentions.”
What if we changed that and just assumed that people did not mean to hurt or wound us? Are there times when people do? Of course. And we have to walk through forgiving them. But when I look back over the course of my life, most of the hurts I’ve experienced were by people just being people. There was no pre-meditative act or some type of plan to ruin my life. When I see things in that light, it allows me to give people the “benny” - the benefit of the doubt.
You’ve probably heard it said that forgiveness is a choice. Sometimes we feel like forgiving but more often than not, we must choose to forgive someone and trust that our feelings will eventually follow.
We are called to grant others the same forgiveness that we’ve been given by our Heavenly Father. As we model this in our lives, our children will notice. Let’s pray that our children will easily forgive others so that they will live their lives in freedom.
●____________ will be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving others, just as in Christ God forgave him. (Ephesians 4:32)
●____________ will bear with others and forgive others if he has a grievance against someone. ____________ will forgive as the Lord forgave him. (Colossians 3:13)
●____________ will not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, he will repay evil with blessing, because to this ____________ was called so that he may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)