Monday, 13 August 2012
I'm not thrilled at some things I see going on in the lives of those whom I deeply care for. Sometimes the decisions of these folks impact the lives of many other people and can cause hurt, pain, and distrust. It's at those times when forgiveness needs to be exercised.
Forgiveness, like Love, is a decision. We must choose to forgive -- like we choose to love. It's also a verb, it takes a conscious decision to forgive someone else for their actions.
But, we must not forgive because someone was forced to apologize. We must forgive in spite of their actions. It's also not an action that is for the other person as well. It's an action for yourself.
I choose to forgive because it benefits me. It has nothing really to do with the person who hurt me. It's my spiritual and emotional journey. Forgiveness allows me to push forward in my journey by allowing me not to dwell and the actions of others and how they hurt me. Therefore, my lack to forgive others only hinders my own journey.
There have been a lot of situations this past year involving close loved ones in my life that have significantly hurt me. But I have chosen to forgive those people who have hurt me. Making that decision regularly has proven to provide peace in my life.
Forgive one another, and love one another. Encourage each other.
Don't do it because I asked you to, but consider the alternatives and test out this theory. A burden can be lifted, peace brought forth.
Not for others on this issue, but for yourself.Is there someone in your life you need to forgive? Why is it sometimes so difficult to forgive? Does looking at forgiveness out of the perspective that it benefits you, not them, help you get closer to a point where you can forgive?