The act of forgiveness is a very difficult concept for people to grasp and comprehend in the world. It is easier for people to hate and seek revenge, and it is very difficult to forgive and move forward. Forgiveness is a “road or path less traveled,” or taken. However, it can make all the difference as to whether you are successful or not in life. The comedian and radio talk show host, Steve Harvey, best described the inability to forgive. He said words to the effect…it is like you drinking the poison, while waiting for your offender to die.
If we want people to change and to become better, we must remember that true redemption has no chance without true forgiveness. Forgiveness does not mean that you have to forget or that there are no real lessons to be learned. Forgiveness frees us from the bondage of bitterness and hate, so that we can move on and forward in life and focus on the best that life has to offer, instead of being consumed by anger and the trials of revenge. For those of faith, Jesus Christ provided the perfect example of forgiveness, by giving his life, so that the entire world now has a chance at redemption.
Your ability to forgive may be determined or measured by intangibles such as your faith, heart, drive, and your strength of character. Success is always in front of you. The past is a memory that you may be needlessly holding on too and keeping you from progressing forward in life in becoming your best… and being stuck in the quicksand of your regrets. Forgiveness is not for your offender; it is for you!
Recommended encouragement and uplifting the spirit: Diversity settings, high school or college graduates/attendees, business offices, churches, religious or spiritual settings, or general settings for conversation and reflection