The un­for­giv­ing heart

A READER ASKS

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“Dear Lord, my mother-in-law is vis­it­ing this week­end and I’m still reel­ing from the blow she dealt me at Christ­mas: When we as­sured her we were still try­ing to have chil­dren, she said it was high time I faced that I was ‘bar­ren’! We had a huge fight, and though I’ve been try­ing to for­give her for my hus­band’s sake, I can’t. How do I kiss and make up with some­one who was so vile to me?”

Wis­dom of the Word

Be kind to one an­other, ten­der­hearted, for­giv­ing one an­other, as God in Christ for­gave you.

—Paul in a let­ter to the Eph­e­sians, 4:32

We un­der­stand and yet…

Some­times it feels like for­give­ness will leave us open to be­ing hurt again. When some­one shows they’re will­ing to be cruel, how can we give them the okay to do it again?

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