The Power in Forgiveness 

Kin folk, friends, one and all…Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge your future! We understand that we ought to forgive our enemies; but what we don’t read is that we ought to forgive our friends!! To forgive a friend is the most eminent, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace of mind, happiness at heart and a rejuvenated feeling.

If you will forgive an enemy, you MUST with love forgive a friend.

[Not forgiving persecutes the victim, Forgiveness makes us “good”, A lack of forgiveness places you in an emotional prison, Forgiveness means reconciliation. To start again empowering your own happiness.]

Forgiveness, Forgive and forget. Luckily, I have received a great deal of love from family, friends, and sup­porters, which helped pull me through those difficult hours and understand the power of forgiveness. As a light bearing warrior monk type ;-), I realized that darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love. So Love is both eternal and essential to combat the darkness…. Simply without Love in your core, you will not win. Open your heart to Love, starting with forgiveness of self, enemies and especially friends.

We simply can’t just hold on to old beefs, grudges or anger. These sorts of nasty negative thoughts seriously affect your ability to truly find and be happy in life. Unforgiving people tend to just act off and hostile. They are more probable to develop serious problems with depression or anxiety. Seriously, try to let go, let God and forgive others. Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. Satan attempts to counterfeit the work of God, and by doing this, he may deceive many. To make us lose hope, feel miserable like himself, and believe that we are beyond forgiveness, Satan might even misuse words from the scriptures that emphasize the justice of God in order to imply that there is no mercy or forgiveness, however, this is what God says…

Colossians 3:13. Bear with each other and forgive one another, if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Matthew 6-14. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Luke 17-3. So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.

1 John 1-9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Now, with that, Forgiving does not imply that you have to forget or even tell the person that they are forgiven. It also doesn’t imply you are excusing them. Instead, think of it as choosing to be positive rather than negative, to bring light verses darkness, to bring good verses evil…Try to focus on how you have grown as a man/woman and as a result of the hurt, and what it taught you about yourself! That you are powerful and empowered to go forward in the mist in rain, put fire in the darkness and sunshine in the rain. Stand tall to live again!

Think also about the person who hurt you and accept that they are flawed. Why do you think that he/she acted that way? Practice empathy, in other words. You might compose a letter or short note to the person who hurt you, as well. You don’t need to post it, but it will allow you to release your emotions and get some sense of closure without catching a case!;-)

All, remember that Forgiveness is a doorway to peace and happiness. It is a small, narrow door, and cannot be entered without stooping. It is also very hard to find. But no matter how long the search, it can be found. You will recognize that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.

Oh, how powerful you are. Stand tall in your own light, forgive with love and sore amongst the clouds in happiness.

Powerful you are! Stand tall in your own light, forgive with love and sore amongst the clouds in happiness.
Sir Knight Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr., PM, 32° KCCH – Defender of the Faith.

On a mission towards rejuvenation, motivation, and empowerment!

CC: Rev. Dan Brewer


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A Direct Action Motivational and Missions Based Ministry serving God's people where so ever dispersed!! Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr.

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