STOP AND THINK – The first to apology is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. And the first to forget is the happiest. (Author unknown)

If we would follow this oft-quoted maxim, we’d no doubt keep our friendships. But someone has changed the last clause to “The first to learn from it and move on is the happiest.” And that’s good advice in itself. To apologize and to forgive are both essential. But we must also move on and not carry the memories of those injuries into our future.

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