The art of forgiveness begins when you forgive someone. It is the miracle that works the art of change. When you forgive you change others and you change yourself. You change discord to harmony. You should first forgive yourself for all the wrongs you have done to yourself, for the mistakes you have made. Then you should forgive and bless all those who have wronged you during your lifetime. By doing this you release others and you release yourself. You break the chains of regret and remorse that keeps you locked in a prison that always seems impossible to escape. Forgiveness frees your mind from the burdens of the past so you may walk victoriously into the future. Now watch this short video and we will continue this discussion on the other side.
As you watched this video clip you saw where it said, “Forgiveness is an adventure, it is making peace with the past, it also means to give up and let go.” I say to you, 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 person 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. Take this moment and search your heart for the list of those persons who you know you should be forgiven and take the first step and make it happen. This next clip is from an interview that Tyler Perry did with Dr. Phil. Take a moment listen to it and then meditate upon all that has been discussed in this lesson, then make your comments known to the world by simply telling us how you feel about forgiving and been forgiven.
May the blessings of the Lord be upon you this weekend as you learn the art of forgiving and being forgiven.