A daily act of kindness
For both forgiver
And the forgiven
Averting heart sickness
Forgiveness is a gift to self
This is my ongoing challenge: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20 (NIV)
The power of forgiveness is astronomical and yet it is so hard to do on a permanent basis, it needs repeating until it becomes instinctive. I often think of Julia Robert’s in “Eat, Pray, Love,” when I think of forgiveness:
Liz Gilbert: I thought I was over him, but I love him.
Richard from Texas: Big deal. So you fell in love with someone.
Liz: But I miss him.
Richard: So miss him. Send him some light and love every time you think of him, then drop it. You know, if you could clear out all that space in your mind that you’re using to obsess over this guy and your failed marriage, you’d have a vacuüm with a doorway. And you know what the universe would do with that doorway? Rush in. God would rush in. Fill you with more love than you ever dreamed of….. I think you have the capacity someday to love the whole world!
Liz Gilbert: I’m waiting for him to forgive me, to release me.
Richard from Texas: Waiting for him to forgive you is a damn waste of time. Forgive yourself.
I also love this interview with the writer on forgiving yourself for decisions you made before you knew what you now know
“Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.” Luke 17:4 (NLT)
Even when that person is yourself.
© Michelle Sherlock 2014