Forgiveness. Why do we have to forgive? Is there really any good in forgiveness? Someone sent a question to my Facebook page on the topic of forgiveness and restoration. What I found out is that many people have a problem with forgiving.
We know that it is humanly impossible to actually forget the event(s) that occurred where someone caused harm or hurt to you. But with forgiveness, it is possible to move on and gain some insight as to why that person caused harm to you and possibly restore that person. If we look outside ourselves for a moment and try to examine why someone would cause harm to you or others, you might find out that maybe it stems from things that happened to them in their childhood or through life experiences. Gaining an understanding of these things will assist you in forgiving and restoring them because you are able to understand and have compassion for them.
Being able to forgive frees your mind, spirit, and your physical body. It frees your mind of believing that you are beyond someone hurting you. We commit sins against God everyday and ask for his forgiveness all of the time. Realizing that you as well as other human beings are not perfect is more realistic than you believing that you are beyond getting hurt. It frees your spirit because you’ve made the conscious decision to forgive. It feels great when you don’t hold yourself or someone else hostage because you believe if you don’t forgive them that you have something over them which is making them suffer. It frees your physical body because so many physical ailments are caused because of unforgiveness: stress, high-blood pressure, depression, cancer, and too many other illnesses to mention.
Making a choice to forgive is a decision that you make. It’s not about how you feel or going off of your emotions, but it is merely a choice. It’s not a long, drawn out process, but it simply takes a second to process it in your mind. Will you make the decision to forgive today?
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