A Forgiving Heart

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A Forgiving Heart
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
You are reading from the book Each Day a New Beginning

The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good. No good thing can be withheld from the forgiving state of mind.
--Catherine Ponder

Forgiveness fosters humility, which invites gratitude. And gratitude blesses us; it makes manifest greater happiness. The more grateful we feel for all aspects of our lives, the greater will be our rewards. We don't recognize the goodness of our lives until we practice gratitude. And gratitude comes easiest when we're in a forgiving state of mind.

Forgiveness should be an ongoing process. Attention to it daily will ease our relationships with others and encourage greater self-love. First on our list for forgiveness should be ourselves. Daily, we heap recriminations upon ourselves. And our lack of self-love hinders our ability to love others, which in turn affects our treatment of them. We've come full circle - and forgiveness is in order. It can free us. It will change our perceptions of life's events, and it promises greater happiness.

The forgiving heart is magical. My whole life will undergo a dynamic change when I develop a forgiving heart.

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Very nice Pat,  thanks for

Very nice Pat, thanks for sharing. It took a lot to forgive someone who did me wrong because I had to try to understand why they did what they did and tried to put myself in their shoes, would my action be any difference? If not, I would forgive them. If it was, why? May be they weren't well enough to realize that they made a mistake and hurted others. If this was the case, I would also forgive them. There's always an exception, those who were well enough to know that their actions were wrong and still did it anyways. These poeple, I have no mercy for them. I would not harm them in any way but I would try my best to avoid them if possible. Life is too short to spend with people like this.

It's good to have goals and dreams, but while you're waiting for things to change, waiting for promises to come to pass, don't be discontent with where you are. Learn to enjoy the season that you're in--Pastor Joel Osteen

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I agree Maggie. The people

I agree Maggie. The people who know they did wrong and do it anyway, are people I've learned to avoid. If someone hurts me purposely, or hurts someone I love purposely, I disconnect from them.

Most people, like me, don't know they are doing anything wrong, and I'm learning to forgive them, too; to put myself in their shoes, how was I act in that situation? that helps me a lot.

My mother did some things that were very hurtful to me as a child. I don't think she knew any better. But as a consequence, when I was dealing with step kids (who are my best friends today) I made sure I treated them with love and respect. Because I know how hard it is for kids to live with adults who don't respect them or show love for them.

Life is a learning and educational trip. Just when I think I know something, another teacher appears and teaches me something else. Big Hugs!

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