I forgive, and I am forgiven
…”Forgiveness opens channels fo communication. It frees the hears, eases burdens and fosters growth. Forgiveness opens the way to deeper, more meaningful relationships.”
Every word of that is true, yet forgiveness is a hard thing to put into practice. We’ve all heard, “I can forgive but not forget” and that in and of itself makes forgiveness that much harder; for when we forgive, we must forget in order to truly get past the situation.
The human mind is a tricky thing that has the dual ability to forget and also to remember, but it’s up to us to ensure we lean toward the former for real growth, clarity, and betterment. By not forgetting, we’re allowing the past to still have a foothold in the present and/or future. We can’t have it both ways and the Word says, I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Matt 18:22
I’m sure we do not want to allow people to continually hurt or malign us and should that be the case, then it’s surely in our best interest to distance ourselves from those kinds of people.
I’m guilty of forgiving someone in addition to myself, but not addressing said person requiring the forgiveness for their transgression. This lack has perpetuated a cycle of emotional and sometimes verbal abuse of which truly needs to stop. My sharing this is proof of why forgiveness is so necessary; when the negative negative stop, forgiveness has done its job.
Think about someone you need to forgive; including yourself and do it and once it’s done, I’m sure the inner peace will come to you and take its residence. 🙂
Live the life you love; love the life you live!