If you’ve ever wronged someone, you might know how the feeling of guilt drags along behind you like a ball and chain.
If you’re like me, you tend to judge yourself more harshly even than other people judge you.
If you’re like me, you know that living without confessing and receiving forgiveness for a fault can be a slow toxin. It stops us from growing, or slows us down. But at some fundamental level it stops the world’s normal turning.
And so, if you’re like me, maybe you’ve experienced this remarkable phenomenon: after we brood over our sins for long days and weeks and months and years, the person we have wronged chooses to forgive us without another thought.
We’re suddenly free.
We’re suddenly unweighed by fear and baggage.
We’re suddenly back at the starting line. The world is turning again.
While I don’t agree that “to err is human” (I’m not a big fan of connecting “human” primarily to “error”), I must agree that in so many cases “to forgive is divine.”
People like you and me should never forget how powerful a gift like forgiveness can be. And if it’s powerful for ourselves, we can be sure it will be powerful for others.
People who forgive say “no, the story doesn’t end here.” People who forgive set people free. And by setting people free, they keep the world turning.
Why not be one of those forgiving people?