What does it mean to forgive? Why
should I forgive?
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours
as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to
be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the
well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's
amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each
shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life and people are going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to
shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells
by just not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Do it today...
5 simple things that help you forgive and be
1. If you forgive, it frees your heart from pain & hatred.
2. Trust the Lord... He controls the shovel and wants to bless you! Free your mind from worries -
3. Live 1 day at a time, live simply... appreciate what you have. Mat 6:25-31
4. "Give, and it will be given to you... pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return." Giving shows a forgiving, giving heart. A
heart that holds onto unforgiveness grows bitter and only looks at itself. Give... Luke 6:38
5. Seek the Lord today. Don't expect too much from others, they are human just like you. Respond to God's love
& grace with faith, doing your best to be what He wants YOU to be.
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to
And abundant in loving kindness to all who call upon
You. Psalm 86:5
“But so that you may know that the Son of
Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He *said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go
home.” Matt 9:6
Then Peter came
and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven
times?” Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you,
up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matt