When we hurt each other

Retaliation is often our knee jerk response when someone hurts us. What we give back can be better than what we receive. Sometimes in moments of stress people snap. Sometimes people forget. Sometimes people take it out on you because you just happen to be there. Sometimes people don’t even see you for who you are but as an obstacle or an inconvenience. Sometimes we do that to other people too. Sometimes we don’t mean to. And sometimes we do. Forgiveness and grace are huge.

Lord, help me to understand and forgive when others hurt me, and especially to forgive myself when I hurt others.