(Ephesians 4:31-32)Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander, be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Forgiveness involves a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. Forgiveness does not deny the seriousness of an offense, but letting go of the offence irrespective of the hurt.
Being hurt by someone, particularly someone you love and trust, can cause anger, sadness and confusion. The act that hurt or offended you might always be with you, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help free you from the control of the person who harmed you. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you. If you allow negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice. Whatever happens, commit to treating others with compassion, empathy and respect.
Forgiveness does not mean forgetting or excusing the harm done to you or making up with the person who caused the harm. But forgiveness can take away the power others wield in your life. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life. We may find it difficult to forgive those who wrong us, but those who forgive find peace and joy. If you dwell on hurtful events or situations, grudges filled with resentment, vengeance and hostility can take root. Child of God, you have to forgive so that your father will also forgive you (see Matthew 6:9-13).
Child of God, to err is human and to forgive is divine. Follow the pact of forgiveness. Unforgiveness is like taking poison and expecting someone else to die, which can never be. Do not be deceived, it is the person who took the poison (i.e. the unforgiving person) that will definitely die. Therefore, forgive to free yourself.
Meditation: Forgiving somebody is like taking medicine for the heart.
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Prayer: Oh Lord, grant me grace to always forgive those who wrong me so that I will also be forgiven in Jesus name, Amen.