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I’m not sure I could ever forgive what they did.

Posted on 4/26/2017 by Greg Yoder

Have you ever said that—as an adult? I know a lot of us have been hurt to the core, and we’re not even thinking about forgiveness. Why? Because we’re so focused on getting through the hurt. I remember saying, “I’ll forgive that person when they ask for it, but until then….” You can fill in the rest. Is that the biblical way of forgiveness, though? Ephesians 4:32 says, “Forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ” (ICB). In Christ, all our past, present and future sins have been forgiven. Shouldn’t we have a spirit of forgiveness even for those not asking? Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses” (ESV). Forgiveness is a great example for kids to follow.

Scriptures marked (ICB) are quoted from the International Children’s Bible®, copyright ©1986, 1988, 1999, 2015 by Tommy Nelson. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 4:32, Proverbs 10:12

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–three of which are now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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