I know its Friday today, but my tits aren’t hot. You can thank Wednesday’s post for that. Today is Good Friday, so whether you are a Christian or not, I would like to plant a seed in you today instead.
I want to keep this short, and let you figure out your own reasons. I want to talk about forgiveness today.
All Eater Bunnies and turkey dinners aside, Easter is the most important holiday in the Christian faith. WHAT? What about Christmas?
Well, without Easter, Jesus would have just been another prophet. I think most of us know the story. He was crucified, died a horrible death on the cross, and rose again.
But why? So we can all have eternal life? Super. You’re all wondering why that’s important to today. Especially if you don’t believe in the same things as I do.
Here is the relevance, whether you believe or don’t. It introduced the concept of forgiveness into the world. I am not a history expert, and many of you will need to correct me on my facts, but I get the impression that before the event of Jesus dying on the cross we didn’t think that forgiveness was an option. We figured vengeance and honor were more important.
Why is that significant? Because it tipped the scales of humanity. Because forgiveness is a loved based action, where vengeance is hate and anger based. We forgive out of love. Love for our perpetrators, love for ourselves, love for our families. We seek vengeance because we are angry and want to even the score. It begins a vicious circle that sees no end.
Sometimes, forgiveness is easy. The Destroyer slapped me in the face yesterday on purpose about a thousand times. She thinks it’s hilarious. I think it hurts. Easy to forgive though? You betcha. Because I love her, because I know she doesn’t mean it, because nothing in this world is strong enough to make me resent her.
There are harder ones of course. People will inherently hurt you deeply. Emotionally. Physically. Why should we forgive them? Because Jesus forgives us.
Well that’s a great answer if you’re a Christian, somewhere in line with “Because I said so”.
I think it was Oprah who once said that forgiveness is the only thing that releases us from our pain and disappointment caused by others. (or something like that)
And you know, she’s right. Not be able to forgive someone keeps you connected to whatever hurt you. It prevents you from letting go and moving on. It keeps you angry and distracts you from the things in life that bring you joy. Forgiveness is an act of strength. It takes more guts to be able to say “I forgive you” than to hold a grudge. Because you have to overcome anger, and resentment, and pride. Oh pride.
There are countries and societies that seem to be in permanent conflict over what wrongs were done to them, and how they must get even etc etc. If one side would just say “enough. All is forgiven, let’s start over” the world would be a less violent place.
So whether you believe the story of the crucifixion or not, think about forgiving someone today. Let it go. Your heart will be less heavy, and your vision more clear.