“Following Jesus,” Friend, May 2013, 12
Jesus Christ said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
Once, a woman came to Jesus crying because she had done wrong things in the past. A man saw her and didn’t think she deserved forgiveness. But Jesus forgave her because she had repented (see Luke 7:36–48). Jesus taught that no matter how people treat us, we can always choose to forgive them.
Challenge 1: The next time you feel angry, breathe deeply and count to 10 to calm down.
Challenge 2: If someone is mean to you, try to say something nice back.
Challenge 3: When a friend or sibling does something you don’t like, forgive them instead of getting upset.