Discussion in 'Positive Critique' started by padraig, May 27, 2021.
20% of Palestinians are Christians.
Here they are asked the question, 'Do you forgive'?
Forgiveness is really a pillar of Christianity,
And Jesus was forgiving. He even did not defend Himself when accused.
It's one of the hardest things to be truly forgiving, if one perceives one is wronged greatly.
I often think about this subject.
I've been dealing with unforgiveness regarding a person "close" to me.
I almost get there ... then resentment bubbles up again.
Seem to get it resolved through prayer and recalling Christ's admonitions ... then resentment bubbles up AGAIN.
I am being taught how much of human wrong is rooted in PRIDE.
Lucifer's core flaw.
To not forgive is a product of PRIDE.
How dare you have hurt me? let me down? not seen to my needs when I'm there for you? PRIDE.
It's understandable to feel hurt or angry, but Christ admonished us to forgive because He does.
It was easy for me when younger. Harder as I get older (unsure why). I get perturbed with people who "should know better" ... but why do I presume they "should" know better? And that's also a manifestation of PRIDE, expecting from others what they might be incapable of because it's inconvenient to me.
Prayers for the people of Palestine and Israel.
That's profound and I think I read in the last two weeks how, yes, it was rooted in PRIDE but you state it eloquently.
Yes DS7.... PRIDE is definitely at the root of my most serious sins and if I stopped think about and to analyze the rest of them(which I dont want to do) ...I bet it would be at the root of the most minor infractions that I have ever committed as well
As for forgiveness.... I found that if you just say to yourself I FORGIVE, even tho you dont FEEL that way( I did that on advice from a priest)... sooner or later your feelings will change!
By doing so, you will follow what Jesus said we must do..forgive....and once we do... Jesus will change your heart and not only will you feel forgiveness towards the "offender" but you will also feel love for that person and even pray for them!!
Ahh ...the relief from not having to walk around carrying that heavy, heavy weight of resentment and bitterness is AWESOME!!
God is GOOD!!!
Did you notice one or two people gave their forgiveness totally and without any reservations? This too in a time of war and killings? They did not say, 'I will forgive if the Israeli's do this that or the other'. They just forgave totally and without reservation and at once. This to me is sign of real holiness.
I was talking to an Orthodox Jewish friend, Avram in Jerusalem one time and he said to me that this was the one thing in Christianity he envies. This call to forgive. He said that the Torah teaches an eye for and eye. That there is no notion of forgiveness.
The most powerful prayer of all is the prayer for our enemies, because it is totally unselfish. It shakes the heavens.
I read what a priest said to say
Mercy Lord. Bless them.
I forgive more easily than asking for forgiveness esp when while I might have done wrong, I view the reaction to my wrong even more wrong. I am struggling mightily with this right now. My priest has told me to apologize without requiring an I’m sorry also from the person. It’s very very difficult
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