Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward
Give up bitterness----turn to forgiveness.
Be kind and compassionate to one another forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
He who forgives ends the quarrel
To forgive and forget is one of the hardest things to do. But if we don’t forgive, we carry that burden around like a rotten sack of potatoes on our backs. We are giving the person the privilege of upsetting us as long as we carry what ever happened in our hearts. I don’t like things that drag me down and upset me so I’ve learned that to forgive is the better way to live. Even if I know that what happened may have been wrong, I forgive and let go.
It’s a lesson I learned well. Because I knew someone that couldn’t forgive, I learned early on how important forgiveness is. I saw first hand how it goes. There are many that teach us lessons. We mustn’t forget those like the single mom, who can teach us perseverance; the old man walking slowly in front of us, who can teach us patience; the child playing in the mud, who can teach us that a little dirt isn’t the end of the world.
We can also gain wisdom from others mistakes, thoughts, ideas and actions. There are learning opportunities all around us. We need to be open and willing to receive and act upon them.
To err is human; to forgive divine
Forgiving can raise us up to a higher state of well being. Here are two ways I’ve found to make peace with those who may have wronged you and find more peace for yourself in the process.
Whenever angry feelings about a person who's harmed you enter your mind, tell yourself: We are all good, loving souls who occasionally get lost. Pray for this person to find their way back to a happier place
When you are tempted to focus on all the ways the world has done you wrong, instead count your blessings !
Have you noticed how often I’ve mentioned counting your blessings in order to improve your life? It seems like the best way to deal with a multitude of our problems in life.
Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.