Jesus traveled many miles by foot just to spread the Gospel and bring souls to his Father. In all that Jesus did in his life on earth, he never hurt anyone, yet he had many enemies. Why?
We are all guilty of hurting others, whether we hurt them for a good purpose, or we hurt them because they have hurt us. It is difficult to get past the intense hurt that someone you love has inflicted upon you. It stays inside you and it grows. Either you absorb it, forgive and forget, or you retaliate. And in this retaliation, we feel that we are justified, "an eye for an eye" some say.
What would Jesus do? Jesus taught us to forgive for the best reason there is. In Matthew 6:14, Jesus tells us "If you for give others their faults, the Heavenly Father will forgive yours." Even as he hung on the cross, dying at the hands of his enemies, Jesus said "Father, forgive them." ~Luke 23:34
And so, I ask you what I ask of myself: "Why is it so difficult to forgive?" Could it be that you are planning your own hurt in retaliation, or is it your PRIDE that stands in your way? Whatever is keeping you from learning to Forgive ALL, it is like an enormous boulder on a narrow path wrapped around a mountain. You cannot crawl over it and you cannot go around it or you will fall to worse things.
Today, pray to Jesus through his mother, Mary, that you will be able to give up your hurts and disappointments to Him, to forgive those who have hurt you and the memories of those hurts.
I believe I have written about this before. Nothing has changed. I still endure hurt inflicted by people whom I love, and by strangers in my path. But I learned the wonderful freedom of FORGIVING a couple of years ago. When you take an honest look at why you were hurt and how, is it really worth the time to constantly run it over in your mind and figure out how you can retaliate? What good is going to come from it. You are only perpetuating the hurt and feeding it with more fire, and so it grows.
Dearest Ones, hear my words, in FORGIVING, you are forgiving others and setting yourself free of the binds that hold you in this dark place, when you could be spending time happily. Life is short; and with every birthday that passes, you wonder "where has the time gone?" How much time has been wasted in not forgiving and forgetting?
I won't lie to you; learning to Forgive your enemies is very difficult. Ask Jesus to help you; ask The Holy Spirit to guide you. Keep the word "Forgive" in the forefront of your mind and when events happen, before you know it, you'll say to yourself "what would Jesus do?" And you have the answer: "Forgive, forget and move on,"
I pray that God will keep you safe in his arms; that he will bless you with His Graces as deserved, that he will heal your brokenness or sickness and lift you up and help you to go forward in HIS PEACE & LOVE,
I am going through some much needed quietness, meditation and prayer for a few days. Never fear, Abbey always comes back.
Much love, peace & joy to you all,