Affirmation for December 17, 2010: Forgiveness

Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk.  If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator.  Forgiving seems almost unnatural.  Our sense of fairness tells us people should pay for the wrong they do.  But forgiving is love's power to break nature's rule.- Lewis B. SmedesThought of the day:They say to "love thine enemy," and let's be honest-- this seems absolutely absurd in some cases. Some of our enemies have done us so much harm, and so much hurt.It seems Lewis understands this, and in the name of love, he believes it is something to undertake anyway. A controversial topic, to be sure, especially with some of the experiences our DailyStrength members have been through. But even if you cannot forgive your enemies, you must always strive to forgive and love yourself. You are a precious gem in this world, and you should always be sure that no matter what tarnish may have afflicted your shine, you constantly remind yourself of your incredible value.Have a loving day!TeamDS
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I love this!!!
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I remind myself and my friends that there is a difference between forgiving and forgetting. Just because you forgive someone for what they did does not mean you have to forget, nor that they do not have to pay the consequences of their actions (like in criminal issues they still should have to do their jail time). And also just because you forgive them, does not mean that you have to let them back in to your life, especially if you know they have not changed. You can forgive them for what they did but be aware that they may do it again if given the chance and so you do not let them back in your life, but by forgiving them you are not wasting your energy on anger focused toward them
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interesting that forgiveness should happen to be today\'s affirmation, on the day when i really need to do some forgiving... :)
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The emotional hurt , sadness, and pain heaped on another human being with out consent seems to be impenetrable to forgiveness......
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Exactly what I needed to read today!! Thank you!
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forgiveness is the hardest thing that i have to learn at this point in my healing process i just hope that i will be able to someday forgive the people who hurt me the most