For the next 30 days I will write a daily post on forgiveness. I have gathered ideas and methods to prepare for International Forgiveness Day on August 2nd, but because forgiveness is a process I thought we would start now. There is usually someone in our life who needs forgiveness from us. I hope I am able to show “forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude” Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are more people out there than we realize who at some point find forgiveness difficult. The difficulty, or impossibility to some, usually involves one or two people or a certain type of offense. The next 30 days are designed to help the person who finds forgiveness difficult by providing practical, common sense steps.
The last thing I would like to say is how pleasurable this should be. Sometimes the right thing to do is hard and unpleasant, but forgiveness is neither. If we embrace the attitude Martin Luther King, Jr suggests, it can be both pleasant and easier than holding a grudge. If hate creates a burden and stress, then love lifts us up and relieves the stress. Only love can dispel hate. Only kindness can overcome cruelty. Only compassion can melt indifference.
Question: Are you struggling with forgiveness right now?