Wisdom from Pat Bluth
It ought to be easy to forgive. However, forgiveness is hard and difficult.
Forgiveness is a choice. Forgiveness is there for you at any moment. You may really want to forgive someone or yourself, but how does a person begin to forgive? First think about what forgiveness means and what it does not mean.
People have a lot of misgivings about forgiveness. Some think they can’t forgive because it’s “too difficult.” The hurt may be too deep and the offense may seem unforgiveable. The offender may not deserve forgiveness.
Some find forgiving impossible to do. The anger can be so deep that there is no way to find peace. They may think forgiving will be excusing his or her wrongful actions. Forgiving can be the key to finding peace. Healing the hurts you didn’t deserve can be difficult and may seem to be impossible. But healing is possible through forgiveness.
Forgiving the person that hurt you deeply is the only way to heal the pain. The pain will not be able to heal itself. Forgiveness is necessary to healing and finding peace. The bitterness you hold on to is not hurting the person who offended you; it is only eating away at your heart and peace of mind. Until you forgive, you hold on to bitterness, hatred and anger and you can’t move forward….Continue reading at InspireMeToday.com.
Pat is an author, bereaved parent, licensed family therapist, grief facilitator, speaker and co-founder of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter.
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