I have come to realize that one of the hardest things to do, is to forgive. One of the first things that Jesus calls us to do is to “do to others what you would have them do to you. (Matthew 7:12). Forgiving people when they have hurt us is hard, but it's sometimes even harder to forgive ourselves. Either when we have hurt other people, or when we have allowed others to take advantage of us, or even if we are still not where we want to be, it’s easy to carry bitterness inside our own hearts, that’s directed at ourselves.
For there to be forgiveness, there needs to be love. Jesus forgave us because he loved us. God forgives us every day because he loves us. His love for humanity is so outrageous and so immense, that he forgives every person in this world, in each of their struggles and shortcomings, all at the same time. A love that goes far beyond what we could comprehend on this earth. But, that type of forgiveness occurs where there is honesty. Honesty, love, and mercy. That’s the recipe for forgiveness.
I want to look at myself in the mirror and love what God has created. Not love what the world wants me to be, but love the purpose and light that shines out of me, only because of God. I need to be honest with myself when I come short of being that light. Because with honesty, there is healing. I think we all need some healing in our hearts.
Just like we are called to have mercy on others, we need to have mercy on ourselves. Knowing that we are weak but we are made strong through Jesus Christ. Here is the thing, we are nothing without God. That’s how it's always meant to be. Walking alongside someone who is the epitome of love, honesty, and mercy.
That’s Jesus. That’s how we can learn to forgive ourselves, and then in turn, forgive othes. Just like Jesus has forgiven us.