Shalom to you, which means peace to you. I promised we would examine the ways to break free from the Spirit of Resentment. What is it? FORGIVENESS!!! Read below what the Mayo Clinic had to say about forgiveness.
When someone you care about hurts you, you can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge — or embrace Forgiveness and move forward.
Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. Perhaps your mother criticized your parenting skills, your colleague sabotaged a project or your partner had an affair. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even vengeance — but if you don’t practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy. Consider how forgiveness can lead you down the path of physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of Resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you.
Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and that doesn’t decrease or prove the wrong that was done. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.
I woke up one day and realized that the person that I was in a relationship with was really bad for me. He was mean and bitter and had a trail of vile accusations leading from him in any direction. I at first thought, I had done something to make him act this way.. that however was not the case. He was refusing to forgive. To accept the responsibility for his own actions. He blamed everyone for him being where and who he was..everyone but HIMSELF..The cure he needed was right in front of him. FORGIVENESS!
Tonight’s home work is to make a list of everyone that has ever done anything to you. Then tomorrow we will discuss how to effectively forgive them.