F is for Forgiveness
It has been said that forgiveness is not for the forgiven, its for the forgiver. That’s true… very true. I don’t forgive people their transgressions for them… I do it to prevent bitterness from building up in my heart; to keep my own conscience clean. I can’t live a fully forgiven life, if I cannot allow myself to forgive others for what they have done to me or against me.
At some point you have to let things go. You cannot carry perceived hurts and burdens around with you everywhere you go all your life. It makes you very unlikeable whether you realize it or not. You don’t even have to let the person you’re forgiving know they’ve been forgiven – even though its recommended for full benefit. BUT you do have to stop dwelling on it, thinking about it, bringing it up, hashing it out and making it known to the world that someone has done something to hurt you. You have to stop letting it affect you and your life.
For those of you who know me personally – if you’re reading this, I’m talking to you. Know that if you’ve ever done anything that has hurt me in any way – you are forgiven. I hope you’ll do me the same courtesy – not for me… but for you.
Who are you withholding forgiveness from? Have you forgiven someone and felt the release of your own bitterness?