The Freedom of Forgiveness
If we can forgive that another person cannot give us what only God can give, then we can celebrate that person’s gift. (Henri Nouwen)
I think as we go through life, we end up having to forgive our parents, our siblings, our children, our spouse, our friends,- etc. etc. etc.- for not being able to be what we need and want because they aren’t God. And our own neediness isn’t love either, so we end up having to forgive ourselves also. Forgiveness frees us to heal and move on.
The core of love is forgiveness. (*This doesn’t mean allowing ourselves to be victims.) It means realizing that we all fall short of perfection, so we can let go of bitterness and even self-hate as we continue to become the unique, imperfect, but with the grace of God, slowly ever more loving, person God created us to be
Posted on September 14, 2016, in B4Peace, blessings, Failure, Forgiveness, Gifts of Age, Healing, Judging, Love, marriage, Mental Health, Paradox, Parenting, relationships, spiritual growth, Suffering and tagged emotional healing, Forgiveness, forgiving, letting go, loving, mental health, spiritual growth, spiritual healing, the heart of love. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.