My Brothers and Sisters, what a wonderful moment to talk with you about how to make a change within yourself, by learning to have a spirit of forgiveness. So many of our physical problems stems from what we call, a condition known as uneasiness from our spirit.
When we hold grudges against another person that we feel has done us wrong, those feelings blocks the sunlight that the cells in our bodies need to keep us whole. Forgiveness for some of us is a very hard thing to do when we feel very strongly, that another person has done something against us.
Now please allow me the opportunity to discuss with you the art of forgiveness. The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone for the wrongs you feel they have done to you. It is having a humble spirit and being done with pride and self-pity. It is taking a step towards the practice of forgiveness. Hate is death, forgiveness is life, and learning to live in the presence is a joy that will outlast anything that you can ever imagine.
Forgiveness works some miracle of change. When Lincoln was asked why he did not destroy his enemies he replied: if I make my enemies my friends, do not 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 wrong you have done to yourself and others, for the mistakes you have 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 become a habit. When the master was asked how often we should forgive, he answered: until seventy times. He who forgives to infinity will never hate.
Forgiveness should start now. Putting off forgiving only deepens the womb. Clinging to bitterness postpone 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 the hurts, grudges, and resentments. It is forgetting the wrongs as though they had never been. It is flooding your mind with the powerful medicine of forgiveness that cleanses and heels. It is discovering a serenity you have never known before.