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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Think of the misery you cause yourself by unforgiveness. Are you ready for peace of mind that can last a lifetime? Decide to forgive - Daily Reflections August 11, 2016


TO LOVE IS TO FORGIVE
 
Everybody finds it difficult to forgive. It is a decision, an act of the will. Even when we have decided to forgive, the hurt remains. And because we are hurt, we become angry. Forgiveness comes at the end of anger, not at the beginning. In order to forgive, we need to admit the pain the other person has caused us. We need to allow ourselves to be angry and hurt. Anger is the power to distance ourselves from what has hurt us. But we do not need to harbor grudges for it will only kill us.
       After anger, we decide to forgive and free ourselves from the other person’s power. Forgiveness frees us from the hurts that people have caused us. It heals our wounds.
       To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and that prisoner is you. People who never forgive are harsh to themselves. They become their own victims of unforgiveness. They punish themselves with the mistakes of others. In hurting themselves, they also hurt others.
       Human beings cannot live together without forgiveness because our imperfection will cause us to hurt each other again and again. But God has also given us healing power — the capacity to forgive. When we forgive, we create a community of love. Yes, we are a community of wounded people, but more than that, we never stop loving. When we forgive, we celebrate our power. God is asking us to forgive 70 times seven times. God does not want us to be victims of unforgiveness. For a relationship to continue, we need to forgive.
       Cardinal Tagle says, “To forgive someone is to say, ‘I hope.’ To not forgive is to say, ‘I have lost hope in God’s capacity to renew you. I have lost all hope in God for you.’” Forgiveness is an act of hope in God to work wonders in the person. When we forgive, we recognize the possibility of every person to celebrate his or her greatness because of God’s mercy and compassion. To forgive is to celebrate our power — that is love! Fr. Alex Balatbat
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: Think of the misery you cause yourself by unforgiveness. Are you ready for peace of mind that can last a lifetime? Decide to forgive.
 
Loving Father, forgive our sins as we forgive those who sinned against us. Amen.

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