The concept of unconditional forgiveness is new to some, yet it is so important that we find it such an appropriate topic that we want to close the first half of the year with it. In a world of crime and punishment, winners and losers, takers and givers, the concept that forgiveness is nearly as important as love is not acceptable to some. Here are some things to consider about forgiveness.
If we refuse to forgive, we injure ourselves. Forgiveness and consequences are not the same. Forgiveness sets people free—others, yes, but also, and foremost, it sets us free. The Divine freely forgives and some believe The Divine has the ability to forget. There is no error, mistake, or even sin (if you prefer that term) which cannot be forgiven.
Forgiveness is all or not at all. It is unconditional or it is incomplete. Forgiveness doesn’t depend on another person’s actions. Only we can decide to forgive, and we don’t have to withhold it until someone feels sorry or repentant. Forgiveness is a loving act—loving to others, but also to ourselves. Forgiving ourselves is just as important as forgiving others. When we judge another, we are also in need of forgiveness.
Forgiveness and love go together. One must lead to the other. Sometimes our feelings don’t match our choice to forgive. We forgive anyway and the feelings catch up in time.
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