When I think of July 4th, I think of the reason behind all our bbqs and fireworks – one word – Freedom.
Often freedom can be associated with many things, today however I am thinking of forgiveness.
They may seem like an unlikely pair: freedom and forgiveness.
At the same time, often freedom follows forgiveness. Forgiveness is not reconciliation, sometimes it includes it sometimes it does not. Forgiveness is not just forgetting or condoning hurtful behavior.
Forgiveness is a decision or a choice to give up the right for revenge, negative thoughts, and resentment toward the offender in order to experience freedom and foster healing and inner peace. It is not a “have to” or a “must,” it is a choice of the will.
Forgiveness is a process and it takes time. If there is abuse involved, reconciliation may not be possible. In the end, the choice to forgive is a choice to be free.
Here’s to a time filled with peace that flows from a forgiving heart and soul.
*as a trained facilitator of Prepare and Enrich, some of these thoughts come from Prepare and Enrich material.