Therefore, I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. “Then He said to her, your sins are forgiven.” And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”
Then He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone.
It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity. It is taking a step toward the practice of forgiveness. Hate is death, forgiveness is life.
If the Lord can forgive us of our sins, why do we have such a difficult time of forgiving others when we perceive them to have done us wrong? Getting rid of our heart aches and pains begins with us. We must learn to free ourselves of all the negative baggage we carry around each and every day with our unforgiving spirit.
Forgiveness works the miracle of change. When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies, he replied: “If I make my enemies my friends, don’t I then destroy them?” When you forgive you change others and you change yourself. You change discord to harmony.
Forgiveness should span the years. You should first forgive yourself for the wrongs you’ve done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you’ve made. Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime. Thus you release others and you release yourself. You break the chains of regret and remorse that bind you. You free your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future.
Forgiveness works two ways. You must forgive to be forgiven. “He who cannot forgive others,” wrote Edward Herbert, “breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass; for every man has the need to be forgiven.”
Forgiveness should start now. Putting off forgiving only deepens the wound. Clinging to bitterness postpones happiness. Life is short, time is fleeting. Today is the day to forgive.
Forgiveness is the way to personal peace. It is performing mental surgery in yourself, probing deep within to remove hurts, grudges and resentments. It is forgetting wrongs as though they had never been. It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heals. It is discovering a serenity you’ve never known before.