The Power of Forgiveness
A lack of forgiveness can be a prison for both the one wronged and the one doing the damage in the friendship or relationship. We have all been then, and the feelings are unsettling and can carry mental and physical ramifications.
When we are not willing to ask for forgiveness, we can get absorbed in all the negative sentiments and broken personal community that comes with it.
When we are unwilling or unenthusiastic to render forgiveness, likewise, we are not only keeping the other person burdened, but we are also ourselves. Lack of forgiveness is like a slow, toxin substance that eats away at our inner being and all of our relationships.
*The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -Mahatma Gandhi.
*Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
Forgive As You Have Been Forgiven
If we are all honest, we will admit that we have often been the one in need of forgiveness. If you are religious, you may have felt you have sinned against your God. I am sure you have and asked for forgiveness on more than one occasion.
It is important to note that we should always try to offer mercy freely. Likewise, we have all come up short against parents, against siblings, against spouses and friends.
We have often found ourselves needing to humbly approach them, apologize for the hurt we caused and ask them for another chance.
In healthy, positive relationships, we all understand that none of us are perfect, and we offer forgiveness.
Today sit down and think about which relationships in your life require forgiveness. It won’t be easy, but you can do it.
There is a chance today that you can release that burden they may be carrying.
Just think about friends, I know I am!