Forgiveness is Divine
I learned a profound lesson today. The concept of forgiveness is not new. It is not new to me, but I learned what can happen between two people when forgiveness is extended.
I also learned that two people can overcome huge obstacles when they are willing to put the friendship above past mistakes.
This entry IS directed toward a certain friend. She knows who she is. To her I say, Thank-you for your friendship...it is the most divine a gift anyone could give.
I've had--relatively recently--a serious struggle with forgiveness.
It was very difficult to forgive someone who behaved contemptibly towards me and/or my family and didn't even want my forgiveness.
Indeed, were smugly content with themselves.
The best I could do was walk away and have faith in God's Justice.
But I had difficulty going the full distance and "loving" my enemies--or those who treated me and/or my family like an enemy, anyway--and "praying" for them, in all heart-felt sincerity and Love.
I tried; I went through the motions and mouthed the prayers, but I didn't FEEL the sincerity and Love required to back the words I used with substantive power, and so truly Forgive.
Claudius: My words fly up, my thoughts remain below, words without thoughts never to heaven go.
The best I could do was walk away.
Kelly, I have learned many things by being your friend, but the gift of forgiveness is one that I cherish the most, because it was the hardest to learn.
Thank you for your undying love for me and your power to forgive. Your friendship is kindredly divine! (I'm sure Anne Shirley would know what I mean! wink!)
John said: "The best I could do was walk away and have faith in God's Justice."
Sometimes that is best we can do. Sometimes we just have to leave it in His hands.
To anonymous: thank-you.
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