By Joyce Olesen
Dec 08, 2017

#LightTheWorld Day 8

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.”—Matthew 5:44

WOW!  This is an awesome quote.  I hardly know what to say.  I can say I have had all of the above happen to me at some point in my life and I can honestly say I am happy and have never been depressed.  I know it has to do with forgiveness.  You need to pray to be a truly forgiving person.  It is actually easier to forgive than forget.  If we forget, we have learned nothing.  If we can’t forgive we carry hate in our hearts.  It is truly a heavy burden that is not healthy to your body and soul.

As Scouts, you can pray for yourselves and ask that you may love, bless, do good and pray for others.  I think a Scout should be mindful of those who can’t forgive.  Ask them if you can pray with them.  We live in a scary world, we need to help those who have been hurt to forgive instead of hurting others.

Author: Joyce Olesen | is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She loves kids, camping, country music and sports cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his “Scout” she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

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