A Note from the Director of Youth & Families

April 2023

Grant Hartsell

Ephesians 4:31-31 (The Message) ”Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.”

We live in a world where we can get things quickly. There are instant answers to our questions online. We enjoy instant responses on social media and through text messages. In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s often easy to forget the basic things that God tells us to do. God tells us to be kind. Being kind is tough—especially online. We can often forget to filter what we say to others because we don’t have to say it to that person’s face. We are to forgive others. Other people will let you down and say unkind things about you, and it’s easy to hold those things against others. However, we are to forgive others.

That might almost seem impossible, especially if the person has really hurt you. However, because of what Jesus did for us, we have the ability to forgive others. We don’t always have to allow others access to hurt us again, but we do need to forgive them.

Today, if you’ve been hurt by someone, choose to forgive. If you’re tempted to be unkind, choose to practice kindness.

Know that God has given you the ability to forgive and be kind, so choose to tap into that ability inside of you and live your life based on what Christ did for you.