Finding Forgiveness

Forgiveness

“Treat people the way you want to be treated” is the Golden Rule we teach children from a very young age. Children sometimes break that rule either intentionally or unintentionally. Hurtful words, notes or actions released from human nature often leave a scar on our spirit. As teachers, we teach children to apologize and hope they would show signs of remorse for their behavior. Most students do, however, the challenge for the one injured is learning to forgive. I was recently given this challenge myself in my classroom and was reminded what it truly means to forgive:

F – rees our spirit

O – bedient to God’s will

R – eminds us that God has forgiven us

G – ives us back joy

 I – nvites peace

 V – ictim to survivor

 E – xtricates pride

LIFE LESSON:   Forgiveness is giving up your right to hurt someone who hurt you.

“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

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