Bucket List Idea #3

Resolve a conflict or forgive someone.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Is there someone in your life you need to forgive or is there someone you need to ask forgiveness?  Why not give yourself the opportunity to to let go of this heavy burden?

It’s a hard thing to do—to completely let go of something painful and forgive. It is not easy to forgive when we feel like we have been wrongly hurt.

Sometimes there are obstacles.  Is your personal sense of justice or righteousness getting in the way?  Do you get a little personal satisfaction by brooding or sulking?  Sometimes when we get hurt, we want to hurt back; we want the other person to suffer as we are suffering.

Refusing to forgive leaves an open wound in our heart.

Perhaps you need someone to forgive you.

But, what if the person you need forgiveness from is not willing to forgive you?

Unfortunately, there are sometimes things you just can’t fix.  Sometimes things are so broken that they cannot be mended.  This can be very hard to accept.

My only advice is to pray for that person, pray for what has been broken to one day be restored, and pray you have the inner strength to move on with your life knowing you have given it your best effort.

Don’t put it off any longer. Take this opportunity to release not only yourself, but the person you need to forgive or need forgiveness from.

 “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~ Lewis Swedes

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