THE ART OF FORGIVENESS
A wise man once said, “Forgiving is giving up the possibility of a better past!”
Forgiveness and forgiving are not about having to understand! True understanding may come later and in pieces, an insight here and a glimpse there, after your act of forgiving.
Forgiving is finding peace of mind; it is about self, lovingly releasing resistance to the pain of your injury, and it is not so much an act as a journey; forgiving is a choice. Forgiving is love’s most challenging work and most significant risk; it is love’s power to break nature’s rule.
Forgiving is one of the most potent acts people can do, and helping others to learn how to forgive will increase hope and caring in this world.
Forgiving is a great virtue, and forgiveness cannot be considered as separate from virtue, or virtue as separate from forgiveness. Forgiving is all about letting go of anger, resentment, and sorrow and bringing in love, compassion, and tolerance.
Forgiving is a spiritual grace every Spiritual Person should develop and is something many people struggle with, primarily when the offenses result from “deep soul wounds.” The joy of being forgiven is only that of a sinner and of this earth; the pleasure of forgiving is Christ’s joy, the joy of heaven.
Forgiving is not easy, but it is a commandment from God.
In prayers, we must remember that all our human forgiving is grounded in God’s forgiveness of us, and all-forgiving is a divine miracle, which belongs to God. The Scriptures teach us that forgiving is not a sign of weakness but of power.
Forgiving is the essence of spirituality because it prepares us for our ultimate liberation from suffering. Christ says that the path to forgiving recognizes our own debilitating need for forgiveness.
Forgiving is difficult to do on your own. You need the Lord to accomplish this.
“And Christ looking upon them said, with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
But forgiving is often easier said than done.
Why is it so hard to do?
Still, forgiving is something you must do.
Matthew 6:15 says,
“But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins.”
Forgiving is an attribute of God, and as human beings, we are expected to be forgiving and carry out that attribute of God as best as one can towards people.
God is truly forgiving and is the dispenser of grace.
The Christian grace of forgiving is an essential component in the spiritual health and healing of God’s children. We resist forgiving because we do not really understand what forgiveness is or how it works. We think we do, but we do not.
The first person to benefit from forgiving is the one who does it, and forgiving is a journey; the deeper the wound, the longer the journey.
True forgiveness is pure happiness!
To achieve this miracle of “pure happiness” and to heal from our wounds in forgiving and forgiveness, we must choose to give up our right to resentment. And we must decide to re-establish compassion, generosity, and love toward the very person or people that hurt us.
When we realize that forgiving is the only remedy, forgiving is something good we do for ourselves.
The “Art of Forgiving” is itself a work of art and a gift that God has given us.