“To err is human but to forgive, divine”. Alexander Pope said it, but it is attainable? Can mere human beings achieve divinity? Divine behavior is uncommon among human beings. Divinity is a power of a Higher Power. Forgiveness encompasses absolution. Total absolution releases all liability and pardons its offenders forever. Once forgiven, all is forgotten. There will be no reprimands, nor reprisals. Twenty years from now, there won’t be written record or anyone making you remember, “What happened, when…” Forgiveness requires the type of power that Superheroes possess. It releases the victim and offender from accountability and promotes the opportunity for new beginnings, growth and maturity.
When taught this as a child, the magnitude of the power of forgiveness was unclear. The premise seemed almost absurd. The power to forgive was hidden deep inside my heart. Childhood and Adolescent events forced an acceptance of things unknown. Situations which were impure, dangerous, deceitful, even unnerving tempted my vindictive nature and revenge occasionally haunted my thoughts.
Adults would say, “In time you will understand and forget about it. Once you become a woman, you’ll know how to forgive.” Elderly influences were wiser than adults. The elders lectured about the Power, forgiveness possessed. This Power could heal both victim and offender. The elderly would say, “If you can’t forgive someone that hurt you, do you expect God to forgive you?” Immediately, my inner voice would retort “They always want to bring God into the equation…” But before the thought could expand, my elderly confidante would merely reply, “There will be some things you will want forgiven on Judgment Day when you arrive at the Pearly Gates of Heaven.”
My heart sunk, sometimes even beat a little faster, at the mere thought of God unwilling to forgive me. As the years rolled by, it became apparent that the ability to control the specific things for which I needed forgiveness, rested in my ability to make good decisions. More importantly, to truly be forgiven, you must first, forgive.
Then one day while reciting the Lord’s Prayer, I actually listened and felt the words as I spoke them. Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. The picture became clear and the fuzzy images, distinct. This simple request for Grace was reciprocal, and not practiced in my own life. I sought forgiveness, but was unwilling to forgive, to forget, to pardon, my own personal offenders. That is the time, realization abruptly came forward.
Forgiveness has power, the power to heal! By releasing someone who has offended you, by deed, word or thought, the healing process begins. When you truly forgive someone, the mind releases the energy and space those negative feelings occupied. The mind becomes free. Similar to a computer who’s virtual memory has been attacked by a virus. Once the virus is purged, or removed from your system, the capacity to accept new items increases. Your computer, similar to the mind, is healed.
Once healed, the feeling of absolution encompasses the mind, body and soul. Victim and offender have no reprimands, nor reprisals. The situation or event becomes a learning instrument promoting growth and maturity. Even more impressive, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates of Heaven, on Judgment Day, you and your Judge can smile, placing you, one step closer to Divinity.
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