The Art of Forgiveness

There is not one person in this world who can claim not to have been offended by someone at one point or another. We are all humans; it is in our nature to be offended, to get angry and for people to step on our toes. So what do you do when people offend you, how do you handle it? Do you handle it by talking about it over and over or by keeping quiet about it? It’s all about forgiveness.

It gets worse. Did the person offend you, he/she hurt you, in the deepest of ways that can never be imagined or comprehended? Are you still living in the hurt and pain, even of the past? There is a way to get out of it, only one way, forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a choice we all have to make. It does not make you weak; rather, it heals and makes you stronger. Forgiveness means letting go of all the hurt, the grudges, and the bitterness that hides in the soul. When you don’t forgive, you only hurt yourself, you hold yourself back. You have to let it go; it’s time to let it go.

I remember a time in my life when I was hurt by someone I cared about. To make it worse, I got my grades back from school and they were not what I expected. I was angry, drowning in self-pity, I was going down a dark path. I reacted to everything in anger, I was living on the edge, ready to explode at anything. I prayed, and prayed for healing, and I was healed. Thank God for restoring me, anger is definitely not something you want to live with.

I know it’s easier said than done to forgive. But the first step is making the decision to forgive and to let it go. After that, just trust God to help you with it. Anger and an unforgiving spirit is not a good combination. It eats at your soul and you grow darker by the second. But when you forgive, it’s like the sun starts to shine again.

Most importantly, you have to know it’s all going to be alright. God will turn you mourning into dancing. He’ll give you the strength to carry on. Trust God to help you through. Forgiveness and letting go can lead you down the path of healing and peace.  Let it go, let go and let God and as you do, may the peace of God, which passes all understanding, fill your heart and be with you. Amen.

What does the bible say about forgiveness?

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Matthew 18:21-22 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Matthew 6:14-16 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


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