Forgiveness (found this in a drawer)

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Forgiveness (found this in a drawer)

They may not deserve FORGIVENESS, but I do
FORGIVENESS is an act, not a feeling.
Though it may generate feelings, FORGIVENESS is an exercise of the will.
When we FORGIVE, we refuse to be further damaged by the doings of others.
A refusal to FORGIVE is called a resentment.
and the victim of resentment is always the one who carries it.

The people we refuse to FORGIVE may neither know or care about our resentment.
To hang onto a resentment is to harbor a thief in the heart.
By the minute and the hour, resentment steals the joy we could treasure now and remember forever.
It pilfers our energy to celebrate life - to face others as a messenger of grace rather than an ambassador of doom.
We victimize ourselves when we withhold FORGIVENESS.
Today I will remember that FORGIVENESS is a giver and resentment is a taker.
Because I deserve it, I will FORGIVE old hurts.
I will see FORGIVENESS as a gift to myself.