When I think about forgiveness I think about letting go of resentment, anger and the human desire to get even. We all get hurt, offended, are misunderstood, lied to, and feel rejected. It is learning how to respond to these emotions is one of the basics of the Christian life. The real meaning of the word “forgive” means to wipe the slate clean, to pardon, to cancel a debt. When we wrong someone, we seek their forgiveness in order to restore our relationship with them. This is an important step and we have to remember that forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves it. It is given as an act of love, mercy and grace. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life. Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for happiness, health and peace. Forgiveness can lead to: peace of mind, better health, happiness, relief and sustains our relationships. Let us live each day remembering the importance of forgiveness.
Pat Schifini, OSU