When I was younger I firmly believed that forgiveness meant accepting poor treatment from others – I had no real notion of what forgiveness really was. Forgiveness means releasing yourself from the poisonous emotions of pride (or the ego), humiliation, shame, hatred and resentment. It means letting go of all the pain and turmoil the other persons behavior has caused you so you are free and at peace.
When I first decided to forgive my bullies that had tormented me all those years ago I couldn’t believe all the hurt, pain and hatred I had been carrying around with me all those years.
I felt lighter, freer – I stopped seeing myself as a victim and the burden of my past was suddenly lifted from me. It caused me to look to the future as a new beginning – one which was full of possibilities.
I was so impacted by forgiving my bullies that from then on I resolved to practice forgiveness. It hasn’t always been easy (forgiveness takes great strength of character) but it has been one hundred percent worth it and has given me immense peace and a sense of freedom from my past that I wouldn’t have otherwise had.
In this series we will dissect forgiveness and break it down so that you too can reap the rewards of forgiveness in your life, stay tuned next Monday for the series post and next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday when I will go into the misconceptions surrounding forgiveness in depth.
Have you ever forgiven someone and felt freer as a result? What benefits to forgiveness have you experienced? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, I’d love to hear from you!