"I just think about beating them to the ground, but then I just ignore them," says Ben, age 11.
You're refreshingly honest, Ben. There are times when we're tempted to flatten mean people. In our day, you can hire an attorney to do the flattening. There's a line in Scripture that says, "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men" (Romans 12:18).
Showing grace to mean people doesn't always mean ignoring someone or backing down, says John, 9: "The other day, my sister pushed me off my bike. So I told her to stop, and she did."
My natural tendency is to avoid conflict. It's easier. Much wisdom is needed to know when to confront and when to
"Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive," wrote author C.S. Lewis.
Think of a time when someone deliberately hurt you. Then, multiply your pain 10,000 times. You might be able to relate to how God feels when faced with a world of people who have sinned against him. Ultimately, all sin is against God.
Taylor, age 11, says Jesus can forgive because "God is him, and God has no flaws. So he is perfect, and with that job comes forgiveness."
If you want to look at God's "job" related to forgiveness, consider human judges.