32 Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.
With this weekly AMaVo Message centered around Forgiveness, we've been considering the question:
How many times have we combated the struggle between forgiveness and bitterness?
Feelings and human emotions are so volatile. One day you may feel you've achieved acceptance while another day you're still overwhelmed with anger and resentment. What matters is that you acknowledge the root of these thoughts. Don't let them fester.
25 And whenever you stand up to pray, if you have something against anyone, forgive so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your wrongdoings.”
Actively choose to stop over-analyzing.
Put pen to paper. Whether or not you already keep a journal, take a moment away to meditate on your honest intuitions. Express your forgiveness in word. Start with a simple "I Forgive..." and elaborate on who you choose to forgive for how they've wronged you. Then, instead of fixating on how you feel you've been slighted, focus on what you can ascertain from the situation. What positive lesson have you learned from this seemingly unfortunate state? It may not absolve your exasperation, but seeing these thoughts in written word will assuage your outlook.
So find peace in the process. Even if we're tempted to remain in a sea of self-pity and soothe our spirit with egotistical emotions of anger. These feelings are only temporary notions we use to believe we're less vulnerable and more in control. Let go of the negative authority you're holding over yourself....let God lift that burden.
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Free yourself in adopting an attitude of forgiveness.
We'd love to hear from you and share the positivity. Tell us about your experiences in forgiving.