“He who would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9
We’ve all been offended by someone close to us. A bad attitude or an unintentional, unkind word from a friend can hurt us. When something happens that offends us, we have a choice:
- We can tell someone else (or a lot of people) about it and fume over it. Result? We lose our friend. Our loss.
- We can be loving enough to “forgive and forget.” Get over it and don’t mention it again to the person who offended us, or to anyone else. Result? We keep our friend. Our gain!
The Bible teaches a lot about forgiveness. One of the most reassuring promises God gives us is in Isaiah 43:25, where He states: “I will not remember your sins.” If God does not remember the sins we confess to Him, shouldn’t we also forgive and get over it when someone offends us?
Prayer: Lord, we are so thankful for your forgiveness. Help us to get over offenses and not bring them up again!