Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. Marianne Williamson
Meditation: Forgiveness does not mean condoning or forgetting. Forgiving also does not depend on the other person asking for forgiveness. Forgiving does not mean to stay within abusive relationships or circumstances. However, forgiveness is a difficult process: I first need to admit the hurt, the anger and the wounds received. I then need to acknowledge that injustice happened, and that I do not deserve the treatment that I received. At the same time, I need to admit that I will be in bondage to anger, rage and hurt unless I forgive. The act or consecutive acts of forgiveness free me from the injustice that happened to me. They free me from the person or circumstances that inflicted pain on me. Forgiveness is not easy. It is an act of courage. It is the spiritual practice of turning towards God who is the only One who can forgive. In me joining God in forgiving, I am really letting go of my urge to seek revenge. I am letting go. I separate myself from all resentment, victimhood and rage. I am being freed from the toxins that try to fester and destroy my inner peace. In joining God in the power that forgiveness holds, I find peace again. I am being healed.
Prayer: God, when Jesus prayed to You to forgive those who tortured and then killed him, he found peace in the midst of the most horrendous circumstances. He did not give his torturers the power to not only kill his body, but also his Spirit. In asking God to forgive them, Jesus saved his Soul and Spirit. Even though he died physically, his Spirit remained alive. God, I ask that You help me where I struggle with forgiveness. Help me join Jesus in his power of overcoming victimization and injustice through forgiveness. God, I need Your help to be able to forgive others and myself, again and again. Amen
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”. Luke 23:34