We all have heard the saying that forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves. First, I would like to say that forgiving someone you are bitter and resentful to is not an easy process, but it is doable.
Not long ago I was really angry, bitter and resentful at two people that I felt were making my life miserable. I remember being in church praying about my struggle and God told me I had to forgive. My first thought was, what? Me? Forgive them? Lord, I don’t know if I can do that, don’t you see what they are doing and how they are hurting me? Then, I caught myself and realized who I was talking to and then asked, “Lord, how do I forgive these two people? How do I get past my emotions and forgive?” Then I heard the answer – in one word – H-O-W.
So this is how you forgive:
H - Be humble. Being humble is not being weak, but finding the strength to be the better person.
O - Be obedient to follow through and forgive.
W - Be willing, with an open heart ready to forgive.
As I said, forgiveness is a difficult process emotionally, but it is doable.
Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves, it frees us from emotions that bind us to the past, releases us from mental and physical stress and allows us to see the other person as a human with faults, in need of love and understanding just like us.
Brinda Devine, is the author of, Discover Your Value, Discover Your Purpose. She is a “Purpose Entrepreneur” and writes inspirational content. www.brindadevine.com, @discoveryourpurpose8 (Facebook) and brindadevine (Instagram)