Up To Know Good on Tuesday
October 10, 2006
The year of teaching had been an uphill struggle. The students wanted their old teacher back, and on this particular day, so did I. As I led the senior high choir in a rehearsal, Marissa began to speak out rudely to me. I gave her a warning to behave, and she escalated her comments to include several words of profanity. I then excused her to the principals office.
Do Good - Take time to forgive someone who has hurt you. Consider the benefits of doing so for you.
While the adult logical side of me could see that this attack was nothing personal, I was still shaken and hurt by her blast of words. Later as I literally worked out my frustration through tears and an exercise routine, I realized I needed to forgive her. Doing so would not excuse her behavior; she had already experienced consequences from the principal. In addition, without letting it go, I knew I would not be teaching her effectively the rest of the school year. I was able to forgive Marissa, and several months later, we had built a positive relationship. She even introduced me to her boyfriend - a true sign of acceptance of a teacher by a high school junior!
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14. Click here to read more.
Jesus, help me to forgive the person who hurt me. Thanks for the healing that forgiveness brings to me.
Know Good. Do Good. Feel Good.
I pray that you have a great day as you experience and express God's love in fresh, real ways!
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