Ten Ways To Open Your Heart – Pt. 9: Forgive without Punishment

Ten Ways To Open Your Heart – Pt. 9: Forgive without Punishment

Forgiveness is the final form of love.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Forgiving someone is not an easy task, but we already know this. What we fail to realize is that we tend to make the person who we believed wronged us, suffer. How many times have you held a grudge? How many times have you brought up past indiscretions that you claimed you had moved past? We need to forgive without punishment; allowing someone to have a “free pass”. This does not mean become a doormat. Forgiveness is a divine quality. One that will set troubled souls free. Taking time to realize what went wrong and forgiving someone will prompt a change in emotion and a person’s outlook on life. When you choose to forgive, do not make the person jump through emotional hoops. Give them the opportunity to state why they did what they did and attempt to understand their point of view. Accept that no one is perfect and that everyone deserves a chance to achieve forgiveness. Stop bringing up the past and move forward. This is harder than it seems. It is difficult to allow a person to simply walk away from a problem or work through your emotions and forgive them. However, if we are able to do this, we will find peace and comfort. Relinquishing your frustration, anger, hate, or any other negative emotions will free you and you will have the power to move forward with your life.

Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.

Marianne Williamson


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