When I think about forgiveness, I'm reminded of a woman I know who teaches classes on spirituality. She starts each class by standing up, palms open and upward, and with a big smile she asks, "When is God good?" And the class responds, "God is always good."
Sometimes she asks a second time, "When is God good?" And the group says, a little louder this time, "God is aaaaaal-ways good."
And so it is for forgiveness. When should we forgive? We should always forgive. Forgiveness doesn't mean tolerating abuse and it doesn't mean staying in toxic relationships. It means releasing negative feelings and finding, or returning to, a place of inner-peace. Forgiveness requires strength, love, and reflection.
Here are a few quotes to meditate on when forgiveness seems difficult:
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong. ~Mahatma Gahndi
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. ~Paul Boese
As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy a rent-free space in your mind. ~Isabelle Holland
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting. ~William Arthur Ward
Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. ~Suzanne Somers
In love and light,
Krystal Kay White