Forgiveness is overlooking mistakes and letting go of resentments. Forgiveness frees us fromt eh needless pain of reliving a hurt over and over. Forgiveness doesn’t mean make a wrong choice right; it brings the generosity of spirit to release it. Forgiveness can heal even the most grievous offense. It brings a blessed opportunity for a clean start. Accepting Divine forgiveness transforms our hopeless guilt into resolve. Sef-forgiveness moves us forward, ready to do things differently, with compassion for ourselves and faith that we can change. Forgiveness opens the door of hope.
In Family Life
Forgiveness within a family is a beacon of love and resilience. It manifests as a willingness to let go of past grievances and embrace healing and understanding. In a family, forgiveness is demonstrated through heartfelt conversations where hurt feelings are acknowledged and discussed openly, allowing each member to express their perspective. It means choosing empathy over anger and second chances over grudges.
Forgiveness involves showing compassion and offering support when a family member makes a mistake rather than resorting to blame. It is the art of moving forward together, stronger and more united, fostering an environment where trust and unconditional love flourish, ultimately nurturing the bonds that hold the family together.
“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”
— Robert H. Goddard
The Practice of Forgiveness
- I overlook mistakes.
- I free myself from pain and resentment.
- I am willing to heal the past.
- I find it in my heart to give others another chance.
- I use guilt only as a signal for change.
- I accept Divine redemption.
- I have the power to change for the better.