I came across a meme recently on facebook that coincided with what a few of my loved ones were going through, so I shared it, in hopes they would see it and it would give them comfort. And then another friend shared it, and another, and on and on it went. It seems that a lot of people take comfort in these words.
This got me thinking about forgiveness. We are brought up being told to stand up for ourselves, to not let people walk over us or take advantage of us but often the people who hurt us the most are the ones who are closest to us. A stranger’s words or actions may sting but betrayal from a loved one hurts so much more.
Pride stops us from forgiving them because we perceive it as weakness, as allowing people to walk over us, take advantage of us. But you don’t forgive these people for their sake, you do it for your own. It takes all you can muster to forgive when someone you love hurts you. You will set boundaries and requirements. He must apologize. She must call me. I’ll be civil but not loving.
But these things are just games. To truly forgive you have to do it without rules. To be right in your own heart and move on, sometimes, the only way to forgive is unconditionally.
See my facebook page to view all the posters I have created from quotes.