Freedom of Forgiveness

This week with Easter ahead and Passover in progress I wanted to reflect on a topic that both of those are connected with: forgiveness.  Everyone needs forgiveness at some point in time in their life.  We may not feel that some people are worthy of forgiveness, and some people may not care if they are forgiven or not because they don’t think they did anything that needs to be forgiven.  Forgiveness can free us from what the other person did even if they’re not interested in being forgiven, and forgiveness can free the person who did something wrong to move on with their life.  Sometimes we also need to forgive ourselves so that we can let go of what we did, learn the lesson and move on.  Forgiveness is an experience of learning from others and ourselves so as part of my thoughts today I thought I would share a few quotes on forgiveness.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“Sincere forgiveness isn’t colored with expectations that the other person apologize or change. Don’t worry whether or not they finally understand you. Love them and release them. Life feeds back truth to people in its own way and time-just like it does for you and me.”  Sara Paddison

“There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.”  Bryant H. McGill

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”  Martin Luther King Jr

As you continue in this week I encourage you, especially if you’re taking part in any of this week’s spiritual journeys, to take some time to consider if forgiveness is something that needs to happen in your life with yourself or with regards to someone else.  It’s not always easy to let go of something that may have been a central part of your life for a time, but there’s very little to be gained by hanging onto weight like that which usually comes along with things that need forgiving.  Life is for living, not looking over your shoulder, so I encourage you to work on forgiveness this week.  If you’re in a process of working on forgiveness, I’d love to hear what you’re learning, too.

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