I have tried to write about forgiveness approximately a million times in my head. It makes sense up in my brain, but when I go to articulate it verbally or written - it simply looks like a big mess. So I said the heck with that and I am going back to paint after I write this simple thought down that has been echoing nonstop in my head for a few weeks now.
In a nutshell, WE all experience forgiveness in a certain way. Forgiveness can be given or it can received. It can be healthy or it can be totally toxic for yourself or others. As I have been wrestling with this concept, I have become content that authentic forgiveness can be given with kindness, grace, mercy, compassion, and love. I also realize there is another side of forgiveness, the one that is seeking it. The seeker of forgiveness also has responsibility by authentically receiving it with kindness, grace, mercy, compassion, and love. This should be done, on both sides, with absolutely no strings attached. WHAT?!?! That is crazy you say because you might need that in your back pocket, at some point, when there is an argument. WRONG! The situation or mistake cannot be brought up whenever it is convenient to rub it in the recipient's face or to defame them to others to seek revenge. That signifies a lack of trust and unresolved feelings which is just like "unforgiveness" in the first place. I have drank enough poison, in my lifetime, just waiting for the other person to die because of my "inability" to let go and my "ability" to hold grudges. As I look back, the only person dying was me.
Authentically give love.
Authentically give grace.
Authentically give compassion.
Authentically give mercy.
Authentically give kindness.
You never know when you might need forgiveness yourself.
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