Updated: Apr 23
Forgiveness. To err is human. To forgive is Divine. A lot of people don't understand about what forgiveness really is or its purpose. They think that to forgive someone means to approve of the actions the other person took. It does not mean that. Forgiveness has little to do with the other person. It is an act of self-love. The purpose is to release the negative emotions including blame and anger. It means not allowing those negative emotions to run your life. It does not mean that you have to continue or rekindle a relationship with someone who was abusive or toxic. Sometimes it does take time to let go of those feelings but in the end it is a decision that has to be made for forgiveness to happen.
When you let go of these negative emotions it frees you. When you take responsibility for your part, however small or large, it allows you to take back your power. In most situations both parties bear some responsibility. It is so much easier just to blame the other person than it is to look internally at yourself. Ask yourself, what am I getting out of blaming the other person and holding on to the anger? It is much more self empowering to forgive, own your own part and be able to move forward in your life with love and peace of mind.
Of course there are exceptions where no blame is involved or you are not at fault. In those situations forgiveness is still enormously healing.
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37
While you are at it, do not forget to forgive yourself! That is just as important spiritually as forgiving others.
The symbol of the cross is the ultimate representation of forgiveness, transformation and letting go. Sacrifice emotions that no longer serve you. After you let go, you can be reborn in love.
God bess you, have a great week and Namaste.
Rev. S. Castle