We have all had people step on our toes from time to time. In our very homes, the workplace or even at church. Some of our experiences with being hurt by others are easy to brush off but there are those that stay with us. The hurt that we can’t seem to let go of because it is too painful and the damage in our lives is significant.
We are told to forgive but it’s not that easy. Because we think forgiveness means we are letting people off from hurting us. We think it’s about setting the other person free. But it’s not. Forgiveness is about letting go of the offense so that we can be free from it’s hold. So that we can have inner peace.
Forgiveness does not mean you forget. Because forgetting is not that easy. Forgiveness just means you release yourself from the anger and the pain you encountered. You are not obligated to continue relating the same to those who hurt you. To give them the same access into your life that they had.
May this affirmation by Najwa Zebian remind you that you deserve peace:
” Today I decided to forgive you.Not because you apologized or acknowledged the pain you caused me, but because my soul deserves peace.”