To make an end is to make a new beginning. That is, as the renowned Vassar Bushmills likes to say, a law. It is easy to rebel against a law but fighting the past rarely does anything but lead to bitterness. Each of us needs redemption from our past and the mistakes of the past. Who among us is pure?
Heck, I need a lot of forbearance and nobody knows it better than my wife. The dear woman prays for me daily. I have no doubt she stands in good with the Lord and that’s lucky for me because I need a lot of what she’s praying for.
We learn as we grow older that everything changes and often our friends change too . . . or they sometimes go against us. It is a free will choice how we respond to the changes. We can forgive and move past the slings and arrows or live with them until it has eaten our heart. Better to make an end.
Peace is found through the grace of our creator who tells us to forgive even our enemies. Can any less be expected of us when a slight comes from friends. The Book doesn’t say endorse. It’s says to forgive, to let go and move on.
Once you have been wronged by someone or even yourself you cannot pretend it did not happen. But you can decide not to punish yourself or the other person. You can decide to be kind to the guilty party despite the wrong doing especially if the guilty party is yourself. You can accept the fact that you have been hurt and that it may take a while to heal but you can decide to focus on yourself, your own happiness, your own Joy, instead of any feelings of anger or revenge. This is what forgiveness is.
What a great message, this message of forgiveness. It really gets to the heart of what matters most.
Well I’ll be jiggered: “All the things I thought I’d figured out, I had to learn again”. Peace be with you.