Sunday, May 23, 2010


"If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." John 20:23

Forgiveness. It's a huge word. It is so huge... that it is so hard to carry... when you have a very small hand. It is so huge that it is impossible to digest... when you don't have the stomach for it. And it is so huge that it is painful to feel... when you have a heart of stone.

Forgiveness. It's a healing word. It heals wounds of emotions. It heals pains of coldness. It heals sick memories.

Forgiveness. It's a liberating word. It frees the soul from bondage. It gives freedom to heal. And it renews relationships.

We may not be able to forgive after a painful experience. We may not have the capacity to forgive the heart that betrayed us. And we may not have the wisdom to understand why we have to. And those are the reasons why... we have faith.

Let us forgive... with faith in our hearts. 

“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”


Poetic Shutterbug said...

Forgiveness is more for ourselves than the person that hurt us. By forgiving the person, we free ourselves of anger and hatred. By the way, your photos are beautiful

Ruthi said...

@Poetic Shutterbug... I agree.

betchai said...

oh Ruthi, what very beautiful set of pictures and really touching words. i agree with you both, forgiving is also releasing ourselves from the bondage of anger and hatred.

Judy Sheldon-Walker said...

Ruthi, your choice of photos were perfect for your content. I like the way the yellow appears in the last one, like the sun coming out. Being unforgiving is like being in darkness. You are wise.

Take care & God bless.

T. Becque said...

Nice thoughts. Forgiveness is liberating and darn hard sometimes!

Ratty said...

Forgiveness is a wonderful thought. And that last quote is so true. But if we have the ability to really truly forgive, then we don't care if it annoys our enemies that we've forgiven. And that annoys them even more.

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