Forgiveness is a Journey

August 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.” Oprah Winfrey

Forgiveness is not a destination. It’s a journey. Many people will say that they will forgive but will not forget. When they say this, they are holding on to the memories of hurt, anger, and frustration which poisons their minds and bodies and keeps the infraction in the ever-present recesses of their days. Any glimpse of the memory will stir up yet another reflection of the hurt as it is lived over and over again.

The Apostle Paul, once a persecutor of Christians, wrote: “forgetting those things that are behind, I press toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.” Paul had a goal in mind. He wanted the freedom promised to him by Jesus Christ. No amount of hurt, pain, guilt, or condemnation was going to deter him from reaching his goal. He was going to press hard toward that goal by any means necessary as long as it was in the will of God. As a result, his journey toward forgiving himself and others ended—not in regret or brokenness, but—in gratitude for the peace and acceptance he attained in Christ.

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We, too, can have freedom and peace on our journeys toward forgiving ourselves and others. It will take releasing the past and all its hurts and pains, seeing ourselves and others as God sees us, and being grateful for all our experiences; for they have added to our growth, knowledge, and wisdom. 

I am grateful for every aspect of my life!

Quinita Edmonia Good is a Detroit-based writer, writing coach, and editorial consultant. She writes about spirituality and the Christian religion, as well as topics pertaining to health and wellness.

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