The Gift of Forgiveness
"To Err is Human, to Forgive is Divine"
This is one of life's greatest paradoxes.
It's a known fact that with our imperfect human nature, we are inclined to commit mistakes, sometimes even at the expense of others. Yet in spite of our own misgivings, we find it the hardest to forgive those who wronged us.
Let's face it. It is not easy to forgive someone who offended us. I, for one have come across some pains and struggles in forgiving people, who not only hurt me but also did not admit their wrongdoing. Man! The hardest part was to forgive someone without the person asking for my forgiveness.
For years, I had kept the grudge in my heart. I had allowed this person to affect me still even long after he walked out of my life. Imagine, what a waste of my time?!
Thankfully, I finally woke up one morning with a resolve to liberate myself from the chain of unforgiveness and resentments. I had let go of the pains and the person who caused them. And wow! I had never felt so light and free in my life. I realized that forgiveness did me more than what it could ever do to the other person. My forgiveness was meant to liberate ME. It was a gift I owed to give myself long time ago. I needed the Father's mercy and He healed me through my forgiveness. As I have been accorded mercy, who am I to not forgive those who wronged me?
With forgiveness came healing, and with healing came peace in my heart.
Do yourself a favor today. Free your life from the poison of unforgiveness.
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
Matthew 6: 14 - 15
Inspired by the gospel from Matthew 18: 21 - 19:1