John Killinger tells the story of a strange custom among the Jivaro tribe in Ecuador. Every night, when tribe members tuck their children into bed, they whisper in their ears the names of people they must hate when they get older. In that way they keep their grudges and feuds alive for the next generation. Wouldn’t it be better if we whispered words of forgiveness?

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.