Forgiveness is a core tenant of faith, yet it is rarely easy to let go of anger, rage, betrayal, and even hatred, which often makes it challenging to truly forgive. While there is no simple fix to practicing forgiveness, this video offers a step-by-step guide for getting to the point where you can free yourself from the negativity that makes it hard to forgive.
Learning to forgive begins with asking yourself what forgiveness means to you. Understanding and defining forgiveness can help frame your mind toward letting go of negative thoughts and feelings. This can also involve figuring out what forgiveness is NOT. For instance, forgiveness does not mean tolerating or accepting repeated offenses, nor does it mean trying to get even. When defining forgiveness it can help to remember that there is no set time frame. It’s a journey set at your own pace and we found this video online for you to help you on your way.
Once you’ve defined forgiveness, you can then address and confront the issue when you’re ready to begin the healing process. If you’re facing a particularly charged topic, it can help to seek out support from your community, friends, or a counselor. Lastly, once you’ve confronted the issue, you can choose to find meaning and glean the lesson that has come from the experience.
Remember that forgiveness is a process and a mindset. Though it will take time, you get to choose how you think about letting go and how to heal. Ultimately, forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. Working to forgive means setting yourself free.
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