June 29 - 2010
There is a lot to be said about the immense need we as individuals,
as well as great cultures and...
The Lost Art of Forgiveness
There is a lot to be said about the immense need we as individuals, as well as great cultures and nations, have for true forgiveness. We all have the ability to forgive and let peace be... so what's the problem?
The problem for the one who feels offended, wronged or that something sacred has been somehow transgressed, can be found in a few places. Forgiveness can be hard when:
You think people are basically idiots.
You think that your holding a grudge somehow hurts the �offender�.
You've got a mind/heart for retaliation rather than reconciliation.
You get attention for being a victim or a martyr.
You realize that forgiveness can be hard!
The issue facing the offender (the guy or gal that did the wrong-ing) falls into a few categories. It should be self-explanatory why this issue exists, but asking for forgiveness:
Confirms your guilt.
Requires humility -sometimes a lot.
Risks greater loss of community (soiled reputation).
Means that we have to confront our own shortcomings.
The cultural issue we have, in being able to forgive, comes sometimes from not understanding the above points as well as understanding the process of forgiveness -but just as often from not doing what we do know! If we want to have fantastic relationships with others, and peace with ourselves, it'll serve us all if we do more than consider this process.
As offenders, we need to be quicker to confess/admit and make appropriate restitution for what we've done. Restitution is essentially covering the 'cost' of your error.
If you fail to be there for somebody as promised, restitution might mean that you are extra diligent and go above and beyond in being there for them in the future. If you break somebody's iPod, immediately replace it and offer your help in restoring files etc. The attempt and act of restoration is meaningless without humility in the recognition that you've made a mistake.
As the offended, we need to be quick to forgive and absolute in restoring people. Restoration means that we don't hold a grudge, bring up this error again -and more, we treat people based on who they are at their best. Now that takes humility.
I guess I could have kept this post a lot shorter by saying that the bottom line, in the lost art of forgiveness, is humility.
In Humble Service,