Our sermon at church yesterday was especially good ~ it was about forgiveness and why it can be so difficult for us all. We were reminded how human nature often turns our anger into resentment and how quickly we can make and keep a “scorecard” of hurt feelings. And everybody knows it’s even harder to forgive when the other party doesn’t reciprocate. But then the question was posed, “How can we accept God’s mercy if we can’t do the same for others?” This is so true and it’s definitely an eye opening reminder.
Recently, I’ve had several friends who’ve been dealing with hurt feelings and the struggle with forgiveness that we all encounter at times. If you’re in a similar situation, maybe some of these reminders will be helpful.
• Life becomes easier when you accept the apology you never got.
• Forgiveness means loving someone enough to pursue healing instead of punishment.
• To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and then suddenly realize that the prisoner was you.
• Anger is an acid that can do more damage to the container in which it’s stored than anything on which it’s poured.
• How nice it would be if we could forgive others as quickly as we expect God to forgive us.
• One who can’t forgive breaks the bridge over which she herself must one day pass.
• The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.
• To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God forgives the inexcusable in us. ~ C.S. Lewis
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