When the issue of forgiveness is raised, most people believe it applies to those who have really caused major havoc or damage to one’s life, reputation, career, among others. But it is beyond that.
I observed that even when we come across certain issues, we feel they do not deserve our sweat at the time of incidence. However, when something related happens, we quickly remember the initial incident and it affects our reaction negatively to the present issue at hand.
This is about things we never thought needed forgiveness, little things we believed we could let slide, but keep hurting our memories whenever we are reminded of them.
I remember the bike man that cheated me 5years ago when I was trying to explore my work area before I resumed. He charged me thrice the normal price and his colleague backed him up.
Whenever I get to that area these days, I remember the incident and I move to another place before boarding a bike.
Like that friend who misplaced the only pen that you planned to use for a test later in the day; it probably makes you remind whoever comes to borrow your pen the incident lest they misplace the current one.
Yours may not even be a pen, it may be your special shoe, dress, even that phone battery you planned on using to do some important stuff, only to find out that it was drained by a game loving Bestie at a late hour.
We may feel as though we are only trying to stop another reoccurrence, but continuous trying does something to the heart- it hardens it the more.
Forgiveness is a continuous thing, like an integral part of the Lord’s Prayer “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”
One way we can overcome this attitude is by embracing Love, and you can’t embrace love if you don’t meditate on how love works, neither can you meditate if you don’t read about it.
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 HCSB
To truly let those seemingly little things go, you have to put Love into action.
Read: The Debt of Love: Loving Beyond Bounds
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