STOP AND THINK – Fact one: Everyone who lives is deeply hurt by others. Fact two: Everyone who lives has deeply hurt others. (Darryl Tippens, American academic administrator)

Nearly every adult would acknowledge that at some time or another he or she has been deeply hurt by another person. It’s the unfortunate but common experience of all of us. Is Tippens right about fact two? Wouldn’t we all have to confess that we have hurt someone else very deeply? Those are the experiences that demand both confession and forgiveness.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone (Colossians 3:13).