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Spiritual Forgiveness

Spiritual Forgiveness

Forgiveness is the ultimate spiritual practice. Jesus gives us an example of forgiveness in a biblical parable.

Matthew 18:21 - Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times.”

Forgiving may be easier said than done depending on the situation. Many times people are put through very difficult, chilling and horrific situations that beg the question about the possibility to forgive. Forgiveness, in all its pain and discomfort, bares hurt and injustice, this is why is very difficult for some to truly forgive their aggressors and the people that cause them pain. Compassion is key to forgiveness, and if we show compassion it allows us to take a step back and see things from a different point of view, from a different perspective and develop a response rather than a reaction. 

The effects of our past actions remain with us in the present, many of us if not all of us carry unresolved resentment or anger from past experiences. No human being is perfect, and despite all our efforts to treat each other fairly and do the right thing, we hurt people some times. 

A big flaw we see in society now is the idea of wanting to get back at those who have wronged us, people think revenge is a good option. But this will never bring resolution, it will only bring back what you have put out. In order to be able to forgive we need to work through the hurts from our past and allow ourselves to heal. To liberate our hearts and souls from painful emotions we need to recognize that we ourselves may need to be forgiven for some of our actions in the past. By doing this we will be liberated. 

Remembering that life will kick back at us the same energy we put out, taking into consideration our past actions and trusting that God is being just, only then will we be able to move down the path of forgiveness. God was able to see our tendency to build up bad karma, he saw that we were digging ourselves in deeper and deeper in a hole and he sent Jesus to save us from all of our sins and mistakes from our past and free us from all the negativity. 

If we recognize our aggressors’ true remorse as well as our own, with courage we bring ourselves before God. Choose to forgive and ask for forgiveness, we’re very likely to feel his unconditional love, the kind of love that blows our mind. 

In the face of pain and wrongdoing, we all have a choice to make, let's make the right one.

And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. - Matthew 12:31

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