In my experience, forgiveness is not easy, but it’s the key that unlocks the door to fulfilling God’s mission for ourselves on Earth. We have to commit to self-mastery of forgiveness to clearly see our purpose and mesh it with our calling.
Forgiving goes against our nature to fight back, harbor a hurt and have the last word. However, we don’t have to rely solely on our own strength. If you’re a believer, you can trust you have the Holy Spirit working in you to help choose the things God loves, i.e. mercy, compassion and grace. You can show these things to those who offend or hurt you, because that’s what he’s shown to you.
Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.Proverbs 17:9
The world right now is having an identity crisis and misunderstands what love really is. Love is not what you feel or say. It’s what you do. It’s an action. To forgive is to love.
With the rise of the Internet and social media, we can now project ourselves as anything we want. Many work tirelessly to build up a false self so that they can receive affirmation from others. Others use it as a platform to get even and have the last word. At the root, both camps are exposing their greatest need, i.e. to be loved. It is, in fact, humanity’s greatest need, and we have an enemy aimed at it’s destruction. Putting on facades to our true identity is exactly what the enemy wants. It forces us into a lifestyle of never being truly known and therefore never truly loved for who we really are.
Forgiveness is the weapon that will defeat the enemy. Learning to forgive yourself and forgive others means you will let go of the past, wipe the slate clean, and start over with a “clean sheet of paper”.
It’s never too late to forgive. In fact, I would argue life really doesn’t start until you do. It’s the key to unlocking the door to your true self and your calling.