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Forgiveness: The gift that you give yourself

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Forgiveness. Something that is done for others; but it is also done for oneself. To forgive someone is not always easy. It is necessary, though, to fix a relationship, work together, or have a comfortable family life. Forgiveness, when done sincerely, takes away any hurt, bad feelings, and animosity that might have been felt otherwise. Forgiveness basically frees the soul to find happiness.

Apologies are also important. When having wronged someone, whether through words, actions, mistakes, or an accidental attitude, an apology can smooth things over. It is not as hard as one might think to say "I'm sorry." It is much easier than carrying around the guilt.

When living without apologies or forgiveness, life can be miserable. Carrying a grudge can be a terrible thing. Doubt, despair, and feelings of loneliness can occur when the right words go unsaid.

God forgives us for our mistakes. He loves us and cares about us. If we let Him know that we are sorry, He forgives us without question. God's forgiveness is abundant; it covers all of our mistakes. Luke 6: 37-38 says, "Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in turn be measured out to you," (New American Bible, 1987, Wichita, KS: Devore & Sons, Inc.).

Keeping a calm attitude, being accepting of others, showing compassion, forgiving others and oneself as needed, each helps to bring about more calm and peaceful surroundings. Relationships are much easier and conversation can be lighter when there are no grudges or hard feelings to get in the way.

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