By Mrs. Pasterski

Definition: Clearing the record of those who have wronged me and allowing God to love them through me.

Here is a character quality that should be developed very early in the life of a little princess. That is because people are going to hurt you or wrong you often.  I’m sure you have already experienced some of that in your young life.  When someone says or does something unkind to you, you may have the tendency to want to do the same back to them or maybe you decide to reject them and pretend that they don’t exist.

What does the Bible say about how to deal with those who hurt you?  Ephesians 4:32 says, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Jesus Christ is THE example of forgiveness for you and me! Every person who has ever lived has sinned against Him and hurt Him and yet He chooses to forgive us when we ask Him to save us!  Even after salvation, when we come to Him and confess our sin, He forgives us each and every time!

Forgiving others is something that you, too, will need to do often.  When a brother or sister takes something that belongs to you or messes up your room, be quick to forgive them rather than get angry. When a friend says something mean or starts ignoring you for no reason, practice forgiveness – the way Christ forgives you!  This is not an easy thing to learn, but with the Lord’s strength, you can do it!  Here are some verses you can study to help you grow in this area:

Psalm 86:5

Colossians 3:13

Mark 11:25

A girl who is known for her sweet, forgiving spirit is a true beauty!  Her smile radiates the love of God to others and she becomes all glorious within!


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