Faith Walk: The Process of ForgivenessAuthor: Dr. George Flattery
While breaking a bone can take six week to heal, a broken heart can take months if not years to overcome.
We forgive someone, but the feelings of hurt can come back simply by hearing the name of a person, or even seeing their photo on Facebook. We find ourselves caught in a negative mental loop of replaying the situation over and over again in our minds. Forgiveness is an act but it is also a process. What do we do when we fail in the process? We forgive once again and we forgive over and over again until eventually our emotions can catch up to our act of forgiveness and we can think of that person or the pain without any negative feelings. Continual forgiveness does not make the other person right, it sets us free. We are to forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because we desire to live in peace and move on with our lives.