And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. - 1 Peter 4:8
Ideally we would express love at all times and to all people. However, there are times when we are completely consumed by our humanness; we don’t feel loving or loved. It is especially at these times that we are called to practice forgiveness.
What is forgiveness? My simplest, definition of forgiveness is the restoration of love. When we love, we hold no animosity or ill will. In fact we desire the best for the people we love. It may be difficult to do this when we feel attacked, betrayed or hurt. It can be easy to overlook an annoyance or seeming slight from someone we love and give them the benefit of the doubt.
However, it can also be very difficult to forgive the people we love; it may be more difficult with loved ones than it is with strangers. This is particularly true when our pain is great or unexpected. Sometimes we may realize that we actually wish ill for them. These are the times that we can thank God that we have the sacred gift of forgiveness. Without it, we would be condemned to suffer for all of our mistakes and we would be trapped in behaviors which cause the suffering of many other people.
Are you willing to set an intention to love in all circumstances and with all people?
At this moment you may sincerely believe that you are not capable of loving consistently enough to make love your predominant state of mind, which is alright, actually that is to be expected. Your job is just to be willing to love, because when you fall short of your intention to love, Love, Itself will pick you up and show you the way. Our intention here is to be a resource for Love and to advocate forgiveness.
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