Forgiveness seems to be a repeating theme this week. I gave an apology, a loved one received a much needed apology, and a friend is in turmoil over an apology that has not been forthcoming.
Why is forgiveness so important do you think? I have been tossing this question around in my head the last couple of days. When someone says sorry, they are acknowledging that they caused us pain. When we apologize, we admit we were careless with another's trust, feelings, or simply took their love for granted.
Why is it so hard for people to apologize? Pride. No one likes to admit they messed up. It's always easier to blame someone else.
Some people would rather stay mad then accept an apology. Anger protects us from being hurt again. If we let down our guard and forgive, we might actually have to suffer the painful feelings that were behind all that anger.
People are human. Half the time we don't even intend to hurt one another. We all are fighting a hard battle. We all make mistakes. We may never understand why someone hurt us the way they did, and maybe we don't need to figure it out. Maybe we just need to simply be kind.
Is there anyone you need to apologize to? Perhaps, there is someone you are waiting to receive an apology from? What would happen if you chose to just let it go?