Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
Therefore, we must be saved by hope.
Nothing which is true, or beautiful, or good,
makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
Therefore, we must be saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, could be accomplished alone;
Therefore, we must be saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite as virtuous from the
standpoint of our friend or foe as it is from our own standpoint;
Therefore, we must be saved by the final form of love,
which is forgiveness.
It’s common for people to resist forgiving another out of the belief that forgiveness in some way condones that person’s actions. I’ve discovered that forgiveness isn’t about condoning an action that caused pain for us or others. It doesn’t imply that we tolerate someone’s behavior to be part of our life.
We all get angry and upset at times, even at the people who are our nearest and dearest. Imagine what would happen if you stayed angry and shut them out of your life forever. Your world would never be the same.
For a working definition of forgiveness, I think of it as restoring love.
We all have the ability to forgive, for it is the nature of life to release toxicity and return to well being. Forgiveness diffuses anger. Forgiveness strengthens character. So, even though there are times when forgiveness feels like the last thing you want to do, do it anyway.
Forgiveness holds tremendous healing power and liberates the soul. When you forgive, you let go of anger, resentment and blame. What a wonderful feeling that is…
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
William Arthur Ward