I was talking with my niece today on face time. She lives in England so it’s a great way of talking face to face. She was telling me how she fell out with her brother-in-law, her sister’s husband. Or more accurately he fell out with her. He has banned her from his home….from her sister’s home. The worse thing is, the sisters only have each other. Their mom and dad died a while ago. So my niece is depressed. She says she will never forgive him. He was quite a bit drunk when he banned her from the house. It was a stupid, hurtful thing to do, but should it go on and on?
We are going to visit them next month, and my niece told me, When you stay at my house, he can’t come here and see you. I understand. If you are banned from a house, how can you invite the person who banned you into your own home? Can we really turn the other cheek? Who makes the first move to forgiveness? What happens if no forgiveness is given?
I’ve been in situations where I haven’t spoken to a friend or family member for years. Stubborn and stupid people falling out—usually over nothing—and wasting years when we could be friends. Who is willing to make the first move and throw the olive branch?
Everybody knows that forgiveness is important; and it has to come from inside ourselves. Whatever is going on in your life, it is time to forgive and be forgiven. Say to yourself, I forgive myself for everything I have done or not done in my life. I forgive other people for anything they have done or not done to make me upset. My heart is ful of forgiveness. Forgiveness runs in my blood and in my soul and body. Forgiveness is the way I lead my life.
My friend if you can forgive yourself and others you are combatting depression in a huge way. There is no room for despair when forgiveness is uppermost in your mind. Take courage and forgive today and let all your tomorrow’s be filled with the joy and succour of forgiveness.