Forgiveness is the essence of love, because love doesn’t exist where there is no forgiveness. Without forgiveness, love is dead.
Most of the time, forgiveness is looked as if it is a kind of weakness. But actually, a person needs lot of strength to forgive someone. It is brave to forgive someone wronged us. It requires lot of self esteem to do that. In a way it is sacrifice. It is kind of putting away our ‘self’ and ego. But ultimately, the winner is the one who forgives.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong”. ~Mahatma Gandhi
No human being is perfect. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes it is possible to do mistakes. But if we cannot forgive our loved one, we are unable to accept a human with mistakes- whom we love. We cannot say that is true love if there is no forgiveness.
Easter is a celebration of forgiveness too. Jesus forgave the people who crucified him. He is a winner because of his forgiveness.
Another consequence in lack of forgiveness is hatred. The person who cannot forgive suffers from hatred. The anger creates unnecessary restlessness and stress in people.
Forgiving is not just for the sake of love, but it is for the ‘person’ in us too. Forgiving doesn’t mean that you have to express it outside in different ways or to be close.
Think about someone who wronged you. Close your eyes….imagine them in front of you….hold their hands and say ‘I forgive you’. See whether you can do that. Try it. You will realize the peace it brings in your heart. Maybe you even feel to cry. But it is not easy at all.
If we want to live with peace and contentment, forgiveness is necessary. Then only we can enjoy and love this life. Then only we can be a free spirit.