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The Gift of Forgiveness

“I love you, I forgive you, thank you, I release you”. Imagine saying this to everyone who has wronged you. Imagine them saying it in return to you. Toxic people have a way of doing a lot of damage. They create a ripple effect of anxiety and trauma we may not even be aware of until it is triggered years later. Spiritual leaders in Hawaii have taught for decades a practice called Ho’Oponopono meaning “To make right twice.” Forgiveness is an exchange between two people. Sometimes those who have wronged us are not around anymore and if so, you can go through the exercise in your mind. Picturing the exchange with unconditional love towards them and them towards you.

As I reflect on the upcoming Easter holiday, and a class recently taken learning the Ho’Oponopono technique. I cannot help but share a few thoughts on Forgiveness. Years ago, I learned you should forgive your brother up to seventy times seven when wronged. This inspired teaching in Matthew 18:22, helped me let go of many wrongs over the years. Forgiveness is as good for you as it is for them. Freeing. A few relationships in our life who need forgiveness are between God and you, you and others and you with yourself. When we practice the act of forgives regularly it can create peace and joy inside. Giving us freedom to live again.

Twenty-five years ago, I made a decision to become a Christian. I was Baptized for the forgiveness of my sins. Does that mean I never sinned again? No. That just means I have a connection with God to have mercy when I confess and turn away from those sins. I am so grateful for continued mercy in my life as I need his forgiveness, the forgiveness of others and of myself. Easter. It is a fun time to visit with loved ones but also remember a Man who bore it all for us so we can have Forgiveness.

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