WRITTEN ON JULY 30, 2013 POSTED ON VIA MY FACEBOOK:
“IT SADDENS ME HOW WE CAN’T GET ALONG. WE WANT THIS PEACE, BUT CAN’T FORGIVE AND LET GO. WHILE FORGIVING IS HARD, IN ORDER TO END HATRED, WE MUST DENY OURSELVES—WHETHER WE WANT TO OR NOT. EVERYDAY, I STRIVE TO LOVE MY ENEMIES, AND I WILL TIL THE DAY I DIE. I HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSED, BUT I CHOSE TO FORGIVE; MY BELOVED BROTHER WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED, BUT I CHOSE TO FORGIVE. HAVING AN UNFORGIVING HEART LEAVES YOU IN BONDAGE WHICH LEADS TO HATRED, AND HATRED POISONS THE HEART AND SOUL. I SAW WHAT IT COULD DO TO ME, AND I HAVE SEEN WHAT HAS DONE TO MANY. IF THEY CHOOSE TO CONTINUE TO HATE ME OR OTHERS, I VOW TO CONTINUE TO LOVE THEM. YOU CAN’T ERASE HATE WITH HATE, YOU JUST CANNOT.
This is an important reminder for me to practice every day of my life. Each moment we take a breath, we are growing older, and as time goes by, it’s an opportunity somebody can break your heart. We are human, we all make mistakes, but we must take the positive from learning from each mistake. I get angry. I can blow my top, but I have a conscience. There is a speck that God has instilled in us to feel, but it needs to be watered to flourish. He has shown me through many experiences in my life, and through others to be slow to wrath, to have a calming response, and a heart. I see day by day humanity is dwindling, but I refuse to give in. It’s OK to be angry, but it’s NOT OK to brew into unwavering hatred.
It’s simple: if we continue the patterns of unhappiness amongst one another, we will always have news headlines full of sorrowful killings and suicides. Forgiving is challenging, but not impossible. Some are gifted to forgive instantly, whereas, others it may take a lifetime; as long as we are TRYING. Forgiving is the most freeing thing you can offer yourself in this life. Wasting our energy with gnashing teeth until we are old and worn thin, we will regret missing out seeing the world in light instead of constant darkness.