Forgiveness should become a way of life
, rather than an
occasional event. We all have wounds which can cause hard feelings to
stand in the way of forgiving and loving others; but, the offended one
will be blessed when he remembers to always
forgive “until seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22)
, regardless of the offense, attitude, or apology of the offender. Forgiveness may be the hardest work we ever do.
It can be a terribly difficult task at times, taking a conscious effort
to avoid anger and resentment, and heal from the mistakes of others. Some offenses are so grievous that legal action may be appropriate.
The offended one can allow those in authority to punish and correct the
offender, while he begins the difficult task of healing by forgiving
the offender. Only then can the one offended find peace and happiness
again. To gain greater understanding of the principle of forgiveness and how to forgive,
continue reading the topics under "Charity Encompasses Forgiveness."