Each of us has been wronged. We've experienced pains in our lives caused by others — whether intentional or unintentional.
The people in this video share cardboard messages of wrongs against them, and we can all relate to at least one of their messages:
You hated me.
You ruined my reputation.
You took advantage of me.
You lied to me.
You fired me.
You abandoned me.
You cheated on me.
You never listened to me.
You abused me.
You killed my daughter.
These painful messages represent a lot of weight, especially if held on to. But forgiving another person does not mean the other person is right or that it's OK he hurt you. Forgiveness allows you to heal and be free of harboring anger, hate or grudges.
As emotionally charged as these people's past hurts are, their messages of forgiveness are cleansing, freeing and powerful.
I will love my enemies.
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
I will pray for those who mistreat me.
I will turn the other cheek.
I will show mercy and compassion.
I choose to forgive.
Seventy times seven.
I will forgive because I have been forgiven.
I will never heal until I forgive.
I won't be overcome by evil.
"And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses (Mark 11:25, King James Version)."
If we expect forgiveness from God, we must forgive. All of us need to forgive as well as be forgiven. Forgiveness and letting go of the past helps us begin to heal and feel more compassion for those who have hurt us. For help, read "How to forgive someone who has offended us."
Forgiveness is usually more for you than it is for the person you are forgiving. Often, you won't get an apology from the person who has wronged you, but forgiveness will free you from the bonds of anger and resentment.
Wendy is a regular contributor for familyshare.com and does media reviews. Website: https://survivorshopeandhealing.wordpress.com/ for victims of sexual abuse. Blog: https://wendyejessen.wordpress.com Twitter: @WendyJessen