There is an old saying that "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me." Well I am here to tell you that words do hurt. They cut deep inside of you where no one can see them and it takes a long time for them to heal. When someone confides in you about a difficulty they are having in their life don't be quick to judge them. Don't bring up ancient history of their past mistakes as yesterday is gone and there is nothing we can do to change the past. We have all been hurt by someone in our past but God's Word tells us we are to forgive them and move forward with our lives and our friendships. I know that it is really difficult to forget past hurts but if you have truly forgiven the person you will be able to do just that. When you tell someone you forgive them mean it. The past is the past and tomorrow we have no control over. Today is what we have and it is a gift from God. So tell someone today about God's love and forgiveness because when He forgives He does forget, our slate is wiped clean.
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. Colossians 4:5-6