I am not perfect and I have committed many mistakes in my life. Some mistakes have made me stronger. Others have made me wiser. Still others have made me more understanding and accepting of others knowing that I have failed or disappointed others as well. Some of my failures and mistakes, I have been committed maliciously. And for these I am truly sorry.
Knowing that I can receive and have in fact received forgiveness frees me from having to carry all the baggage of the past along my journey in life. I keep the lessons I have learned and I leave the baggage and the trash behind. Then I am able to travel light.
If I have been forgiven, I must also learn to forgive. Sometimes, the hurt or the disappointment I have experienced can be so intense, I nurse it. I won’t and can’t let go and forgive others. It is during such times that I keep myself and others imprisoned in the my unforgiving. I need to break out of such imprisonment.
It is in pardoning that I am pardoned. I ask for forgiveness. I should be ready to give it. When I say the words, “I forgive.” then I must forget the hurt and leave it behind. My words must be matched by my action.