Power of Forgiveness: Forgiving Does Not Mean Forgetting
We have been discussing forgiveness and letting go of the anger we hold when we have been injured by another.
When we forgive, we are releasing the power the person and/or event has over our lives and minds. We are moving forward from the past and stepping into the future.
However, just because we forgive, does not mean we have forgotten the offense.
Instead of forgiving, we need to allow the offense to serve as a lesson for us and to move forward us.
But, forgiving does not mean that we are walking back into a bad, dangerous or unhealthy relationship or situation. Sadly, many believe that because we have forgiven this is exactly what we are doing.
No, we aren’t forgetting in our forgiveness. We are moving forward and releasing the
power of that event on our lives.
As Oprah Winfrey says, “True forgiveness is when you can say, “Thank you for that experience.”
We are stronger and better because of that experience. That experience has defined us and carved a niche within us.
If we decide to re-enter a situation, it should be done slowly and trust should slowly be rebuilt over the matter of time. This may even be a time when both parties may want to seek counseling together.
Jesus said in Luke 17:3-4, “So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
Have you been able to forgive, but not forgotten an offense?
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