We hear repeatedly about forgiveness and the importance that it has on our faith life. Knowing the definition of forgiveness and knowing how to forgive someone in our lives are two very different things. This is an activity to help youth come up with strategies for applying forgiveness to their daily lives.
A Long Island woman is taking her story of forgiveness to the Suffolk County jail in an effort to teach teenage boys behind bars a lesson in humanity. More than seven years ago Victoria Ruvolo had every bone in her face broken after several teenagers threw a frozen turkey at her car. Ruvolo says she has forgiven the teens and has asked that they receive lighter sentences.
Forgiving others can be tough. Before you dive into the lesson, be sure to watch this quick video I made. Supplies: One playground ball and some masking tape for each group playing the game.
See also the adult edition and kids edition of this lesson. Forgiveness is an important skill for life. People are going to hurt you and let you down, and you need to know how to forgive. Also, if you are a Christian, God commands you to forgive others.
In our last lesson we saw the importance of our reactions. What happens to us is not nearly as important as how we react. If we do not resent an insult or an injury, the chances are that it will do us little harm.
Verified by Psychology Today. Surviving Your Child's Adolescence. First, there is Acceptance, which has to do with letting go Unrealistic Expectations and creating a new set that fits how reality has changed.
Have you ever hurt somebody and wished to be forgiven? Do you spend time thinking about how someone has wronged you? How do you forgive?
The second part of that line—forgiving those who sin against us—can be one of the hardest things Christians are called to do. Stay bitter! Make them pay!
Or maybe you let them down by not keeping a promise. Gary and Greg Smalley provide several possible reasons why your teen is slow to forgive. Or maybe the situation involves more than the two of you, or there is another underlying cause for his resentment.
There is nothing more difficult than dealing with someone who has treated you wrongly. Perhaps someone laughed at what you said, or what you wore to school. The normal thing to do in situations like this is to get back at them. You might want to teach them a lesson or treat them like they treated you.