Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13
Here are three eternal truths in ministry:
1. Volunteers will mess up.
2. You will be disappointed.
3. Your true leadership shows in your reaction.
I had a very wise friend share the importance of this trait many years ago. If we are not quick to forgive those we lead and serve, we are going to be full of a whole lot of bitterness. We must learn how to hold people accountable without holding grudges.
It is not forgiveness to not address issues or broken commitments with people. These things must be addressed. Where we get into trouble is when we are hurt or upset by something and we don’t address it. Or we choose not to forgive and we walk wounded.