Short and sweet this week…
Forgiveness really is a beautiful thing. I’m not always good at it. It’s not easy for me to let go of things. I’ve been hurt a lot, and when I am hurt, it is natural to want justice, if not vengeance. But, not only is this un-Christlike, it also tends to escalate into a never-ending cycle of hatred and negativity.
Forgiveness is also difficult because it leaves me vulnerable, especially when the individual I need to forgive is someone whom it is difficult to avoid crossing paths with on a regular basis. I don’t want to open myself up to an opportunity to be hurt again by the same individual’s actions or words.
But no matter what, I know that forgiveness is still preferable to holding grudges. Restoring friendship, with all the risks involved, is worth the risk.