Forgiveness Opens the Heart
People sometimes wonder why their world is dark and colorless. For many, the answer has to do with their unwillingness to forgive — either themselves or someone else. Hatred, anger, and revenge are double-edged knives that cut those we hate, but they also pierce our own hearts with bitterness. Where there is no forgiveness, there is an absence of love.
You might say, “I could never forgive him (or her) for what they did to me.” Time changes all things, and it can change those who we feel have betrayed us, and hopefully, time can also change our feelings towards them. The key for individuals who want to stay focused on their spiritual journey is to find forgiveness sooner rather than later. Without forgiveness we can stray off the path and lose our way.
People find different ways of making forgiveness work in their lives. One way I’ve found that has helped me is to consider forgiveness a process. Hurts build over time, and for many, it takes a while to undo the damage. In some situations, this process involves separating ourselves from those who have hurt us.
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