Have you ever stopped to consider what the definition of complete forgiveness is? To truly forgive?
I understand all to well what it means to harbor a grudge or to quietly sit back and wait for an opportunity to get back at someone. I also understand what it means to not do anything at all and after enough times of being wronged, just turn away and leave. Never to return. I know what respect is. Do we constantly watch our backs waiting for the knife to be jammed in? How is this any form of forgiveness if you keep using it against someone? The memories still return, the hurt and pain is still embedded deep inside.
Forgiveness is a trait I have been developing over my last few years. It’s hard to do but oh such a blessing. At first I could not. I have not had an easy past, to say the least. There are some who wronged me greatly and those are the hardest to forgive. I’m now at the end of my projected life span. Now I am beginning to forget, I hope and pray I have not forgotten anyone I should forgive.
No one has a solid definition of love. But to really love someone, I think, is the ability to forgive them any and every time they do or say something hurtful to you without question. It is the ability to put them first in your life just below God. Sure there are other things that goes along with love like how someone catches your eye and excites you. Seeing a family member after a long absence of not seeing them. A puppy you save from the pound. All of these are different forms of love but there is only one quality that keeps you in a relationship with God, forgiveness. Humility also but let’s concentrate on forgiveness. We are all not perfect. There is no one here that is perfect.
God commands for us to forgive.
Put on then, as Gods chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all of these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you indeed were called in one body. And be thankful. (1 Colossians 3:12-15)
The trait of pure love that God shows us. Forgiveness. God loves us so much he sent his son to die on the cross so I could be forgiven. So then, shall we not forgive someone who needs it? If we are forgiven, should we not be imulate that love shown to us to them also? We are not perfect and have to ask for forgiveness a lot. We have to constantly address this sin we were born into. Just as much, we should also be showing all the forgiveness and kindness to those around us. Show something God has shown you,