December 27, 2012


.... tolerant with one another, always ready to forgive if you have a difference with anyone. Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. Kolose 3:13

Sometimes in life, it's not easy to forgive those who hurt us. Even more difficult if they've already done it not only once, but a couple of times, and even worse if it's done by the people that we love the most.
Probably, what makes it difficult for us to forgive isn't about the wrong things that they do, but we're just simply disappointed by the fact that they don't care about how we feel.

It's really hard to understand 'why did they do that?' and maybe the truth is, it's not for us to understand. As a believer, we're responsible to do what He wants us to do. He taught us to forgive. We're human and we make mistakes all the time, we don't want to carry pain to our future.

It's nearly impossible to say 'i forgive' and expect the pain will vanish, and nothing seems to be fair at all for us to always forgive. But hey, remember that forgiveness is an attribute for the strong. the weak-hearted can never forgive. Instead of keeping the pain of being hurt, maybe we should prove to them that we're brave enough to not let those things hurt us and that we're strong enough to let the pain go. Because forgiving, isn't for them, but for us to be free from anger and pain. We don't wanna live forever in the misery of being angry, aren't we?

Steve Maraboli , the author of  'Life, the Truth and Being Free' said  The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.”  

Martin Luther King Jr said, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”

Gordon B. Hinckley, author of bestseller book 'Standing for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes said The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the great virtues to which we all should aspire. Imagine a world filled with individuals willing both to apologize and to accept an apology. Is there any problem that could not be solved among people who possessed the humility and largeness of spirit and soul to do either -- or both -- when needed?” 

C. Joybell C a poem writer saidAnger is like flowing water; there's nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing, water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.” 

and this is my favorite by Mother Teresa, she said 
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. 
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. 
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” 
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