What If . . . I could see those who have hurt me through eyes of compassion?
What if . . . I could completely forgive them, release the desire to hold onto the hurt—choosing to forget rather than remember the pain?
What if . . . I could learn to look at them through eyes of love rather than eyes of distaste, dislike or even hate?
What if . . . I could move beyond myself and truly put on the heart of Jesus?
Life is short, too short to hold onto grievances, to let parts of myself wither rather than bloom in the light that forgiveness shines.
What if . . . I could grow in the perspective that sometimes people hurt me and don’t realize they have, that they never intended to.
Sometimes the hurting comes out of ignorance. Sometimes it squeezes out of a heart bound up in regret and carrying hurts inflicted on them.
I can choose forgiveness. Or not.
Forgiving releases me from bitterness—a bitterness that roots itself deeper into my heart, the longer I cling to my right to “get even.” Bitterness creates darkness in the soul.
The moment—the very second—I choose to forgive, that is the instant bitterness begins to die and light begins to shine in.
Forgiveness, in the choosing and in walking it out, gifts me with freedom.
What about you? What are your thoughts on forgiveness? How do you make the choice to forgive when you’ve been hurt?
Great post by Dave Hamlin about forgiveness