Every day something happens and we need to deal with it. Whether it is to forgive ourselves or to forgive others. I want to share a story on forgiveness that was recently shared with me.
A teacher and student were sitting together. The teacher asks, “Somebody throws a stone at you, and it hits you. Who are you angry with?”
Student replies, “The person!”
The teacher says, “Well, it’s the stone that hit you, not the person…”
Student replies, “I’m not angry with the stone because it had no intention; it’s the person that threw the stone at me.”
Teacher: “Well using that logic then, you shouldn’t be mad at the person. You should be mad at their pain because the person is just like the stone, being helplessly thrown by their pain.”
Interesting. With this story in mind, I would like to challenge you in forgiveness of the people who have hurt you in the past. Try to understand the deeper meaning behind why they acted in the way they did. This is to help you move on.
Write down who hurt you that you need to let go. Detail what they did and dissect what might have caused them to act in such a way. (What was their pain?) After coming to a place of understanding, write a letter to them. Burn the letter or send it to them. It’s your choice.
God forgives us every day. We are a part of him. We need to forgive and move on.