Milk and Honey Magazine explains the importance of forgiving in a Christ-like way!

Forgiveness is Beautiful

Shannon McNulty

I’ve been told I'm often too forgiving. Maybe it’s my naivety or just the way my soul works, but I tend to let others (and myself!) off the hook quite easily. Just like every other human being, I've been stepped on by others and ridiculed by my own self. It’s hard to forgive in instances where you don’t know how to resolve an issue or mend a broken relationship.

I share this not to vent or complain about obstacles I've faced with people and myself over the past couple of years, but to show how I’ve learned to overcome these types of grudges.

I’ve heard it said that some people don’t deserve to be forgiven, and why should we forgive when one is not truly sorry? Well, this is how a grudge can start to form deep within our souls.

Everyone goes through rough patches. Relationships break, friends stab each other in the back, and humans say and do things that can really makes us question humanity. So how do we turn the other cheek when we're faced with moments that tear us apart inside? How do we accept the wrong doings of another person when they're coming from a place of either jealousy, hatred, or pure loneliness? It’s hard. People will betray and knock you down, but that’s life.

I've taught myself to embrace forgiveness no matter how betrayed and hurt someone's made me feel. I try over and over again to take a deep breath, evaluate the situation, and try to forgive.

Someone who has hurt you may not ever be sorry, but in forgiving their actions or words you are freeing yourself of a grudge that could weigh you down and damage a bit of your soul.

I challenge whoever is reading to try and let go of grudges. Put effort into forgiveness. It is one of the hardest things that you can do, but the benefits are beautiful. Life is short; don’t let grudges hold you back or stop you from rebuilding relationships and moments that were once beautiful. Trust in forgiveness... granting you peace of mind.

Start small. Remember a moment that holds you back from your happiness and find forgiveness in it. Forgiveness for that person, yourself, whatever has restricted you from your personal happiness.

Try and open your heart to love and forgiveness. I promise life becomes much more simple and peaceful after you do.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you. - Colossians 3:13

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