Accepting and Appreciating Our Reality

Learn to heal through space for acceptance and forgiveness. Discover in the following verses the power of the Holy Spirit.

"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.'" Matthew 18:21-22 

Inevitably at some point we face situations where forgiveness and acceptance emerge as the essential foundations for moving forward. When we suffer an affront or what we interpret as a betrayal, an amalgam of emotions clouds our mind. The first reaction is often anger.

Anger, that searing feeling, engulfs us in a whirlwind of negativity. It makes it difficult for us to discern the situation clearly and draws us away from the purpose the Lord has outlined for our lives. Anger can drive some people to violent reactions or retaliation, while others sink into desolation and paralysis, gradually losing hope.

Forgiving those who have let us down, regardless of the seriousness of their offense, is often a lengthy and challenging process.

"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Mark 11:25

The Holy Scriptures, with their divine wisdom, highlight the importance of being compassionate and humble in forgiving our fellow man. Harboring anger and pain in our hearts, refusing to forgive, keeps us from joy, peace, balance and health. When we withhold forgiveness, we distance ourselves from God's blessing.

It is essential to remember the example of Christ on the Cross. His self-giving, perfect mercy and divine forgiveness are beacons that illuminate our path to a deeper understanding of the Lord's love. When we internalize how much he loves us and how he has forgiven us, we find the strength and will to forgive those who have hurt us.

As we release anger and resentment, our burden lightens, our countenances become serene, and we are filled with joy as we recognize ourselves in the Lord's grace.

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

Feelings of anguish and anger that arise after an offense can also obstruct our relationship with God through prayer. These feelings are like chains that keep us imprisoned in a cycle of negative thoughts, even as we long to communicate with our Heavenly Father.

Unforgiveness erects a wall between us and the Lord. We feel distanced from God, and this separation can hinder our prayer life. At times like this, we must implore the Most High to intercede for us, so that we can let go of all that keeps us from His grace and experience the blessing of His peace.

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32

It is important to remember that we are all imperfect human beings and, at some point in our lives, we will also need to be forgiven. The act of forgiveness does not imply that we agree with what has been done to us, but that we choose not to hold a grudge in our hearts and live according to God's teachings.

Let us follow the Lord's example in this new day and in every day that comes our way. Let us implore His mercy in our lives. God always gives us a new opportunity, and so we must learn to give it to others. In acceptance and forgiveness we find the path to inner peace and divine grace that allows us to move forward with love and compassion on our spiritual journey.

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