Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another,
and when one loves deeply...
nothing hurts more than being disappointed
by the person or people we thought would never hurt us.
We believe healing begins when we let go of our past hurts
and forgive ourselves... first.
Trying to extend forgiveness to people who have hurt us,
or those close to us,
can cause our hearts quite a bit of anguish.
If someone hurts us or betrays us...
it would behoove us to forgive them,
for they help us learn those hard lessons about trust.
Forgiving yourself can, sometimes, be very difficult,
Bitterness can destroy our hearts.
Forgiveness can lead to greater spiritual well being.
Forgiveness sets us free from those painful burdens
of the heart.
It behooves us to forgive, in our hearts...
and follow Jesus' lead.
To forgive does not mean we must
welcome those people or that person back into our life.
According to Katherine Piderman, Ph.D. and Mayo Clinic staff
member, "Forgiveness doesn't mean that you deny the other person's
responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn't minimize or justify the
wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act.
Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life."
Forgiveness allows us to make peace with the pain,
lessen stress and hostility,
and helps to make way for us to have
greater empathy and compassion for others.
The act that hurt or offended us
may always remain a part of our lives,
but forgiveness can lessen its grip on us.
True forgiveness helps us to realize the importance
of being cautious to whom we open our hearts to.
We find ourselves,
particularly those who are trying to live a righteous life,
searching our own conscience.
Letting go of grudges and bitterness makes
way for compassion, kindness, and peace.