(Yes, I know this post is a day earlier than normal but it’s kind of a gift and I didn’t want it to be late)
The song says that this is the most wonderful time of the year. I agree! I think most people would agree with that sentiment as well. Most, but not all.
For some people “The Holidays” are the most difficult time of the year. Family gatherings bring with them heightened levels of stress and remembrances of things gone wrong. Often the memories are downright angry.
Sometimes we carry that anger with us for years and years, the weight of it burdening every holiday and family gathering. Anger wears us out, it limits the joy in life.
So this year, whatever holiday it is you celebrate just let go of the anger long enough to remember the good times. Then just forgive whoever and whatever has stood between you and the good memories.
Now, I know that sounds a little Pollyanna. I know how hard forgiveness can be and I know some people have been deeply hurt by others. Understand I’m not suggesting you forget, I’m hoping you will forgive.
Some of the most generous people will give and give, all while holding tightly to the anger and resentment. I’m suggesting that perhaps you to be even more generous this year and FORgive.
Forgive others because even if they don’t deserve it, you do deserve the peace that comes with forgiving.
It doesn’t matter if they are sorry, forgive them anyway. Even if you don’t want a renewed friendship or relationship, forgive them. Just forgive! Hanging on to anger is just too expensive, in every way you can measure it.
One more thing, while you’re forgiving others don’t forget that you also deserve forgiveness. So if it’s needed, forgive yourself too!
This can indeed be the most wonderful time of the year, but YOU must choose to make it so.
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I wrote about forgiveness last Thanksgiving and posted it again this year. I quoted a lyric from the song “Forgiveness” by Matthew West which said:
It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you
Merry Christmas Steve to you and your family.
Great song and its absolutely true. Forgiving others is one of the best things you can do for YOURSELF. Hope your Christmas is special too Steve!
This posting is very timely because I have been praying about the people who won’t forgive me. Your are right that the holidays stir up these feelings. We need more peace in the world.
Thanks, I hope you receive the forgiveness you need, God forgives everything, we should follow His awesome lead.
Timely post. I agree that forgiving someone is a gift you give yourself too.
Thanks for sharing my posts Tom!