Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger,
and clamor, and evil speaking,
be put away from you, with all malice:
And be ye kind one to another,
tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
(Ephesians 4: 31-32)
Forgiveness is Hard.
Who do you need to forgive today over yesterday's issues?
The cross in today's post stands in The Trinity Church across from The World Trade Center in New York City. The Church that clearly has seen tragedy at it's worst.
We all fret over little things from our past with one another but around the world so many deal with bigger problems than we could ever imagine. How do you get through the big and small incidents in life where we feel offended, unloved, betrayed, and hurt? We all do a variety of things that only prolongs the offenses, hate, lies and hurt. If we give forgiveness a try it can begin to heal our issues with one another. How? I wish I had all the answers. Kindness is a great place to start. We don't always know what someone else is up against in life when they lash out so give them a break and love them anyways. I know I don't always do the right thing, say the right thing, or act the right way with others but I hope I'm forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift to yourself and not just another person. Someone may not accept your forgiveness but once you give it move on and maybe just maybe someday the one who couldn't accept your gift will remember your one act of kindness and all will be well. You may never know when that happens or if that happens but back when you forgave you also received that gift.
The events of 9-11 were a tragedy and is a huge effort in testing our forgiveness as a country but start wherever you are today and either forgive someone or accept someone's forgiveness and make your world a better place.
....I wonder if all those responsible for the events of 9-11 ever accepted forgiveness from someone? Could we change our world by starting with one act of forgiveness?
I'm going to keep trying. Fail. Try. Fail. Try. Fail. Try.