It might be a slow process, and I am definitely not one to judge when it comes to this subject, but I do know that we should have mercy on our brothers and sisters just as the Lord had mercy on us, even if they do not deserve it. Because I surely know I do not deserve it, and neither do you. But at the ultimate price, and as the ultimate gift, He still forgave us.
This means that we should work towards ensuring that our own hearts stay full and unbroken because we understand we cannot control others but we can control ourselves. Not only this, but to work towards instilling a sense of peace within ourselves that is not easily shaken by life’s bumps in the road and protects us from the termites of hate that can slowly eat away at our soul.
And in saying this, I fully believe that to forgive does not mean to forget.Knowing who to trust, what situations to avoid, and which people to take out or put into your life is a good thing. It comes with mistakes, practice, and by simply living life. It is a great thing to hold your ground and surround yourself only with people that lift you up, and avoiding keeping relationships with toxic people is healthy. But that does not mean that you have to have hate in your heart towards those that wrong you. For I can guarantee you they have been wronged before too…and if every single person that has been hurt before held a grudge against every single person that hurt them…well lets just say the world would be one terribly sad and vindictive place.