Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 22, 2011


Sometimes, when people hurt us it is extremely difficult to forgive those who came against us. Sometimes, it seems easier to harbor hate and resentment instead of forgiving and letting things go. Sometimes, it is better for the person who was hurt to forgive the person who hurt them in order to heal himself or herself. I have read that the quicker the hurt person can forgive, the easier it is for them to spring back into a normal life.

Having an unforgiving nature robs a person of happiness. This type of behavior steals joy from the present moment, because you are spending most of your waking hours dwelling on how so-and-so hurt you by what they said or did that offended you so greatly. I read in a book called Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley that being offended is a personal decision. We can waste countless hours being hurt and offended, or we can immediately forgive and move on with our lives.

If Jesus of Nazareth could forgive those who committed the worst sin against him, it should that much easier for us to forgive those who may have said a nasty word or comment against us. Look at the person who hurt you through the eyes of Christ. Maybe that person who hurt you isn't at the place where you are in your journey through this life, so maybe they haven't reached the understanding of human feelings. Forgive those who trespass against you! It doesn't mean you have to have a relationship with the person who hurt you, but it will mean that you heal your wound which will enable you to move on to a better tomorrow without dwelling on past hurts.

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