As I forgive, I am free.
Forgiveness is an act of love, for myself as well as for others. I forgive in order to cleanse my heart of negativity and open to the love of God. Forgiveness is not about the other person; it is about me. When I forgive, I release judgment, hurt, and resentment and find freedom. In forgiving others, I am loving myself enough to embrace freedom. I choose to see the situation that caused me pain in a different way. Every experience is an opportunity to learn, and I choose to be an over-comer rather than a victim. The love of God is at work in all situations. Forgiveness frees me to focus on what is true and everlasting—our oneness with God and each other.
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.—2 Timothy 1:7