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Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
Our culture does not model well how to forgive one another. Instead we see different views escalate to screaming matches on television. We watch those with different opinions demean each other on social media. Relationships end. Violence is pervasive. Civility isn’t a value. Forgiveness might even come across as being weak.
Through Kids Hope USA, we can model a better way. Some days mentoring can be a chore. The student would rather be at recess. He won’t eat his lunch and is playing with his food. She refuses to take part in the activities that are prepared and won’t listen. Maybe the mentor responds sharply or unlovingly to the student.
In these instances, mentors have the opportunity to step back and prayerfully decide how to teach forgiveness. Christians are people that can reach across the great divides and model Christ’s love and the forgiveness that He has shown to each of us.
Prayer over the Student:
Lord, today I pray for the mentors and students both in our local program and throughout the country. Give those involved patience with one another. Help each mentor and student learn to appreciate their God-given differences. Provide mentors the ability to forgive as you’ve forgiven and to be the light of Christ to each student and school staff that they come into contact with. Bond these relationships together in your name, Jesus.
Cory Whitehead
City of Light Anglican Church
Aurora, IL

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