Father's Weekly Message

  Once, a divorced woman went for a day out with her three children. On the
way the youngest son did some mischief. The mother turned and slapped
the boy on the face and said: “I never wanted you. The only reason why I
had you was to keep your father. Now he is gone. I hate you.” And on every
occasion, the mother blamed, accused and rejected the boy. The hurt was
deep in him.
Later, as a young man, he put himself in the position of his mother and
began to think from her perspective. He realized how lonely, depressed and
anxious she was. One day he decided to visit her and talk to her. He told
her that he understood her feelings and her worries about raising three children
as a single mother, and that he loved her just the same. She broke
down and began to weep before her son. They both wept in each other’s
arms for a long time. It was the beginning of a new life for both of them.
None of us finds forgiveness easy and cheap. It is not easy to let someone
off the hook when they have offended us, when they hurt us badly. We
think it is justice that they should suffer for their unjust actions and behaviors
toward us. How can a son or daughter really ever forgive a parent who
did not love them as they deserved or even physically or verbally abused
them? How can a spouse ever forgive their mate who abandoned them or
was unfaithful to them?
We offer others solutions for their problems. We have the best techniques
to deal with the difficulties of others. But when it comes to our own case,
the best advice and the best of solutions that we offer to others do not seem
to work. Only then do we realize the reality of how difficult it is to apply
good advice and best knowledge to practical life.
Why is it so important to forgive a person who has wronged us? Jesus tells
us to see things in a different way. In human perspective, when we offer
forgiveness, we are able to deal with our feelings of hurt, resentment and self
pity. If we hold a grudge against someone, we end up bearing a heavy burden
that restricts our freedom and holds us back from the true joy of life
and spiritual growth. When we keep a grudge we give our mind rent free to
our enemy. We will never enjoy the peace of mind. We have to forgive more
for our own sake than that of others.  
Family Rules
Always Be Honest  Proverbs 12:22
Count Your Blessing  Psalms 34:1-3
Keep Your Promises  Romans 4:21
Comfort One Another  1 Thessalonians 4:18
and above all...Love One Another  1 Peter 1:22
Be Supportive of one Another  Acts 20:35
Be Kind and Tenderhearted  Ephesians 4:32