I personally struggled with forgiveness for many years. I hopelessly fought to move on from fresh hurts and old wounds not realizing forgiveness wasn’t merely a static response to an apology, but in fact a living expression bred out of unconditional love. I thought I had forgiven those that had deeply wounded me, but all I actually did was simply mutter those infamous words, “I forgive you” as I continued to bear that irksome heaviness of bitterness in my heart.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day, I encourage you to see forgiveness in a new light:
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I encourage you to maintain a constant attitude of forgiveness. It’s not just a one-shot deal; you must choose forgiveness every waking moment. When anger and bitterness rear their ugly heads, remind yourself to forgive and then forgive again, and again and again. Don’t dwell on the wrong that’s been done to you, for that is a boiling pot of anger. Love hard, forgive swiftly and often; only then will you free yourself from the bondage of resentment and hatred regardless of how badly you’ve been wronged.
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.