Proverbs 19:11 states, "It is to one's glory to overlook an offense." This encourages me that when I forgive another for something they did or didn't do, I reflect the nature of God to those around me.
One time during a cross-country family vacation, our family was seated at the back of a very crowded plane. One row behind us, a young mother and her three young children squeezed into a couple of seats, making a loud commotion as they arrived.
We could hear the negative comments from other passengers questioning her mothering skills, criticizing her decision to squeeze three kids into two seats on such a long flight.
Having traveled cross-country alone with small children, we empathized with her situation. Seeming stressed, tired, and at the end of her rope as passengers made disparaging comments and shot disdaining looks her way, my husband stepped in and asked if he could help by playing with one of her toddlers.
She jumped at his offer and it immediately changed the attitude in the plane, calming not only the mom's demeanor but also her critics on the flight.
As I observed the other passengers dropping their disapproval and becoming more supportive of this family, I realized that forgiveness doesn't just benefit the ones offering it and being forgiven, but also all those who witness forgiveness in action.
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