STOP AND THINK – I think the hardest thing in life is to forgive. (Louis Zamperini, late American Olympian and World War II POW)

After suffering pain and privation as a prisoner of war, Zamperini, could say, “Hate is self-destructive. If you hate someone, you’re not hurting the person you hate, you’re hurting yourself.” That’s a difficult but important lesson to learn. Our anger and hatred does little to the one who has hurt us, but it greatly harms us unless we learn this important lesson.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs (Proverbs 10:12). Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you (Colossians 3:13).