‘Do not be angry with each other, but forgive each other. If someone does wrong to you, then forgive him. Forgive each other because the Lord forgave you.’ (Colossians 3:13)
Throughout the Bible, God is described as slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin (Numbers 14:18) and Jesus is shown to be uncompromising in his command to forgive. Forgive, he said, ‘seventy times seven’ (Matthew 18:21), meaning forgive and keep on forgiving without limit.
At St James’ CE Primary, our children are encouraged to forgive each other. Forgiveness is associated with our Positive Relationships Policy. Children have many chances to reflect on their behaviour and make the right choices. Poor behaviour choices are always forgiven without a grudge and we enjoy a ‘new beginning’.
Children have an understanding that forgiveness is at the centre of Christian preaching. They make good behaviour choices, but when disagreements do occur, they are quickly resolved with a sincere apology and forgiveness.
Why did the Church Council choose this Christian value?
‘Because Jesus forgives his disciples. Jesus died on the cross.’ (Year 4 Church Council member)