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Forgiveness

Friday, October 02, 2009

I never understood why there are certain holidays in the Jewish faith that are not practiced in the Christian faith since they occur in the Old Testament of my Bible too... Like the Day of Atonement. Couldn't we all use a day to let the water pass under the bridge and begin again?

I know in Christ we are forgiven for all our sins, but that's not exactly the same as forgiveness of and from our fellow humans, who can be oh so guilty of just being human!

Today, in that spirit, I sent a card to someone I care about that shut me out several years ago because she did not agree with some life choices I made for the benefit of my family.

I opened a door.
Not sure if she'll walk through but I took the chance.

Although it is not part of my weight loss program, I can tell you I sure feel 10 pounds lighter.
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  • DEFIANTVEGAN
    So true and great point about being lighter, We all need to emoticon .

    by the way even thought this blog has nothing to do with weight loss it definitely is up lifting and positive. Letting go of baggage and trying to better ourselves I think does help with weight loss.

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    3895 days ago
  • BETHLOVESBIKING
    A very good blog! I liked what you said about feeling 10 lbs. lighter! There are so many destructive emotions we can feel towards other people, but they usually just hurt ourselves. Forgiving others, just as Christ has forgiven us, is so important--and so hard to do sometimes. emoticon
    3895 days ago
  • OURELEE1
    You are a very nice person.
    3895 days ago
  • ARTSYGIRLV2
    I did that recently. A friend and I had had a falling out a couple of years ago, and we both were hurt by things that were said. One day I just emailed her and said I was sorry that things had gone so wrong and that I would still like to be friends. She was relieved and said she felt the same way. We're enjoying one another's friendship again.


    3895 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5543771
    This is awesome, what a great idea. Imagine what a greater world this would be if everyone embraced this idea, even for a day. Wow.
    3895 days ago
  • JEREZA
    I agree. I know people who hold grudges forever. Sometimes they even forget why. Not forgiving often leads to bitterness and unhappiness. It is amazing what forgiveness can do.... both in the forgiver and the forgiven.
    3895 days ago
  • MARLIN515
    Thanks, that is good... reminds me that...The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge!
    3895 days ago
  • VALI_T
    I like this idea. Not sure whether or not I'll put it into practice, but that doesn't mean that I like it any less.

    The reason why I might not put into practice is that it seems like something that would be pretty hard to do, at least at first. I'm a Christian and I believe in forgiveness, but actually practicing it in the way that you've described does kind of put you "out there." Yeah, I know, that shouldn't be a problem if what I'm trying to do is forgive and move on from painful episodes in my past, but I still have all of the same human frailties I've always had, and I've always had a hard time with making myself vulnerable.

    It's kind of funny, in a way because I don't have as big a problem with making myself vulnerable in a different way. When I feel that I have wronged someone, I always try to apologize to that person for what I feel I've done. That kind of makes me just as vulnerable as offering forgiveness that hasn't been asked for, and yet I'm okay with doing it most of the time.

    So obviously I've got my own issues that I probably need to deal with before I would feel comfortable with doing this, but then we've all got issues and sooner or later I might just get over these. One way or the other, thank you for posting this blog. It really made me think.
    3895 days ago
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