It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Chapter 12, Page 11, Book 18



¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Let every heart prepare Him room, And Heaven and nature sing!   ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

Day 11 - forgiveness creates peace


Have you any old grudges you would like to pay,
Any wrongs laid up from bygone day?
Gather them now lay them away
When Christmas comes.
Hard they are heavy to carry, my friend 
And life is short from beginning to end;
Be kind to yourself, leave nothing to mend
When Christmas comes.

William Lytle

Forgiveness is one of the most precious treasures we can give ourselves.  When we are willing to forgive, we are get a life of peace, gratitude, wisdom, expansion and growth.  If not,  we are destined to a life of blame, resentment, pain, self pity guilt and anger. 

Forgiveness begns with ourselves first.  Each time we blame ourselves for the past, for mistakes or bad choices we have made, we are kept prisoner ofthe past. Our resentments hold onto us like a ball and chain. Resentment, anger  and unforgiveness take away peace and joy from our life.

Forgiveness is not something you do for the other person, forgiveness is something you do for yourself, for your own peace and happiness.


For ever minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The power of forgiveness does not require that we agree with or condone or tolerate abuse or bad behavior.  We forgive the person, not what they have done.  

Forgiveness always changes lives for the better.  Whether we are the one offering it or the person who receives it, the blessings flow both ways.  Every relationship, especially those within our own families, has a need for forgiveness.  

None of us is perfect and that is why we all need forgiveness. Forgiving others takes courage.  It’s not easy to apologize.  Receiving forgiveness takes courage as well.  Increased understanding can be a daily endeavor that leads to joy in each day and each moment.

I forgive, because I want to be forgiven   None of us can be at peace with ourselves, if we are at war with our brothers.  Being reasonable about our circumstances gives us permission to be happy and at peace even when things are less than perfect. 


To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love.  In return you will receive untold peace and happiness.

Robert Muller


5 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's never too late to say, I'm sorry, please forgive me.

peggy said...

Thank you!

betty said...

Just reading in the Bible this morning from Colossians Chapter 3 about forgiving others as God has forgiven us. I have 2 people I need to forgive so I did say I forgave them both this morning during my prayer time. I'm sure I'll be having to say it a few more times until I actually feel like I've forgiven them, but its a start :)

Forgiveness is so important to us indeed to avoid resentment, bitterness, etc.

betty

Chatty Crone said...

I have forgiven people - but I find I have to keep forgiving them as I haven't really forgiven them like I should have.

Mevely317 said...

Another of my blog friends (Victor) recently addressed forgiveness in a post titled, "Face to Face with St. Peter." I just looked it up again and thought you might like this excerpt:

“Yet … at all times, you recited Our Lord’s own words ‘forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’ and did not mean a word you said.
“He is very hurt by that!” admonished the Saint as gently as he could, “Our Lord has often been misquoted and this short phrase I fear is the most common misquotation of all.”