Virtue of the Month
Forgiveness is to pardon or give a second chance when someone hurts us. To ask for forgiveness is to say “I’m sorry” when we hurt someone intentionally or by accident. We also ask for forgiveness from others when we make mistakes. Learning how to forgive others and forgive ourselves when we make mistakes is a lifetime asset.
STEPS TO FORGIVENESS:
- Admit your mistakes
- Apologize when appropriate
- Give second chances
- Accept someone’s apology
- Ask students to write or share with the class a story about some incident in their life when they made a mistake and said, “I am sorry.”
- Read the story of the Prodigal Son. Ask volunteers to act out story or ask them to discuss the meaning of the story.
- Discuss quotes on forgiveness (see below).
- As the opportunity arises, encourage students to forgive each other and give someone a second chance.
- Write a letter to a friend, family member, or God asking for forgiveness.
- “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” (Paul Boese)
- “You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.” (Lewis B. Smedes)
- “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” (Mahatma Ghandi)