“And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults.” (Mark 11: 25, the Passion Translation)
Forgiveness is our release. When we seek healing, inspiration, comfort, we will find it through divine Love. And this Love requires that we also love.
If we would feel love and its saving presence and power, we can’t remain divided, a heart half ready and yet half resentful. Be willing to allow those moments of communing with God to be more than a plea for your own well-being, but also a yearning to let go. Let your prayer include an earnest desire to be shown where your heart may hold on to hatred, resentment, blame, and to be willing to forgive.
It may seem difficult, but if we want to gain the sweet peace and joy we seek from God, we must stop clinging to any bitterness. We can rejoice in the fact that divine Love Herself is ready to help us to love better, to let go of the mesmerizing sense of being wronged, and to release our brothers and sisters from our anger.
Forgiveness fulfills a desire to feel free. It is wisdom. For to hold one in our hearts as our enemy is to fill with darkness a space that is meant for light, joy, and love.
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