Mysterious Power of Forgiveness

Harboring a grudge completely blocks our ability to have peace of mind.  All sorts of studies indicate that negative thoughts, feelings, words, and behaviors affect our mental and physical health, our success, and our self-worth.  An unwillingness to forgive is like stabbing outselves with a knife and expecting the person who did us wrong to feel the pain.   Forgiveness is not something we do for the sake of another person.  Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves.”  This is a direct quote from Edwene Gaines, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity.  This is the THIRD law! 

Forgiving another is not getting on the telephone and calling them to say “I’m sorry that I hurt you by my careless actions”.  Forgiveness is done in a quiet and sincere manner in the privacy of your own place and time.  It is a forgiveness of the heart toward that other person or persons.  If the thought of someone continues to make you feel uncomfortable the chances are you have some unfinished business with that person.  They may have said or done something in the past that you found offensive.  They may have no clue that they said or did something that upset you.  This may have been something said or done days ago or years ago.  Or it may be that you said or reacted negatively toward that person and your discomfort is the guilt you may still be harboring about the incident.  How do you eliminate these uncomfortable feelings.  Forgive them and/or ask for their forgiveness toward you.  Again, this is all done in the privacy of your own space and time.  If the relationship is one of closeness like a spouse, best friend or family member it may warrant taking the steps to verbally communicate your feelings and ask for forgiveness.

So how is it that we find ourselves constantly having problems with others.  We find blame when someone does not meet up to our level of expectation.  When they don’t meet up to our expectations, we blame them for being less then what we want them to be.  How does the blame manifest?  Because we have cast judgement on them.  We have made the determination that their actions (or lack of), their words (or lack of), their lifestyle, their way of thinking does not match up with ours and so, therefore, we find them “less then”.  When you look at a person and feel they are different or “less then” you are judging. 

The apostle Paul urged, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).  Forgiving does not mean you have to are required to forget.  Sometimes we experience such horrific acts toward ourselves that forgetting would be impossible.  You are not asked to forget but you are asked to forgive. 

If you are one of many who say “but I can’t forgive, I don’t know how”.  Here is an affirmation that I say everyday that helps me to cover the subject of forgiveness.

Christ Jesus in me now frees me from all resentment TOWARD people, places or things of the past or present.  Christ Jesus in me now frees me from all resentment FROM people, places or things of the past or present.  I manifest my true place with the true people and with the true surroundings now.

Edwene Gaines offers a Forgiveness Journaling exercise in her book, The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, which I will outline here for your consideration and use.  To quote Edwene:  “When we’ve carried a grudge (whether against ourselves or others) for many years, it can be hard to know how to start letting go.  A good way to start is to write out exactly what it is you want to forgive.  Seeing a statement of forgiveness clearly written out in black and white can be a powerful way to help you forgive when you haven’t been able to before.  Fill in the following blanks in your journal and see if that simple act doesn’t help you start to release long-held grudges.

 I am through feeling guilty about:____________________________

 I am over feeling sorry for myself about: _______________________

 I am finished with all sadness about:___________________________

 I forgive my parents for: ____________________________________

 I release all suffering about: _________________________________

Above all, I forgive myself once and for all for: ____________________

It is done!

When you choose to forgive on a daily basis you will find a lightheartedness beginning to enter into your life.  You will feel the “albatross” lifted from you.  You will also find that your tendency to judge will also begin to diminish from your life.

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