June: The Transformation of Forgiveness

June offers us key moments to approach loved ones and people who need the healing of forgiveness. Discover in the following article how to approach our turn to put it into practice.

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25

It is a fact: we find it hard to forgive and, even harder, to forget. Sometimes years go by and we continue to nurture feelings of resentment and hatred towards those who hurt us, without realizing that these negative feelings prevent us from moving forward in our journey towards the Lord. Even if the harm received is deep, God wants us to forgive.

Why is it so difficult to forgive? In order to forgive, we must first get rid of pride. This is one of the greatest obstacles that prevent us from forgiving. As long as there is pride in us, we cannot forgive. It is important to understand that pride is not born in the spiritual heart, but in a heart that has not understood the perfect will of God.

“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

God's will is that we forgive the people who offend us, those who in one way or another have negatively marked our lives, because forgiveness is a key that opens the door to peace, the peace that we long to feel in our hearts and that brings us even closer to our Lord.

The act of forgiveness frees us from feelings of hatred and other negative feelings that prevent us from growing. By forgiving, we free ourselves from those feelings and experience a joy in the spirit. When we forgive others, God forgives us.

In order to forgive, we must first become aware and remember who the aggressor was and why. Then, we must seek wise counsel, discuss and analyze the situation with a person we trust, who is objective and able to listen. This reflection helps us to understand the motive behind the harm caused.

Feeling compassion or mercy towards our aggressor allows us to see him as a human being, trying to understand what motivated him to cause harm. We must be humble, eliminating the pride that acts as a barrier before yielding to forgiveness. The most important thing is to allow Jesus to act in our lives with complete freedom and let Him be the one who guides our life.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7

When we have bitterness in our hearts and cannot easily get it out, the best solution is to talk to God through prayer. There is no better way to give ourselves to love, faith and hope. It is a work that can only be achieved with time, constancy and a lot of love for God. We have the capacity to love, and just as we have had the capacity to hold grudges and not allow ourselves to forgive, we must use the love that God asks of us to get out of the most difficult moments of our lives.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, it is time to reflect: let us review our relationships with others and make an effort to live in harmony with everyone and everywhere. In that way, we will secure the forgiveness of our sins and live in peace.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Let us remember that, although forgiveness can be difficult, it is through forgiveness that we find true freedom and peace in Christ. God has shown us the way and given us the example of love and forgiveness through Jesus. Let us follow his example, letting go of bitterness and embracing forgiveness, so that we may live fully in the love and grace of our Lord.

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