So lately God has been talking to me about forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not a state of mind or a feeling. It’s letting go when the most basic part of you wants to hold on. It’s weighing your options and deciding what is the greater good and what would do you more harm to hold on to.
There was once an African chief who was magnanimous in all his ways. He was kind, loving, giving, caring. He went out of his way to fight for the underdog and give to the poor. He was rich and famous and loved by all in the land. But at the end of the day, when the sun crept behind the plateau, and the hyenas laughed and the lions roared, for all the love and laughter and joy he brought others, he went to bed night after night sad and alone. You see the chief had been hurt. He had loved a girl once and the girl had rejected him. She sought prospects bigger than what she saw in him. She saw potential in another and while her heart was with the chief, she chose to follow her needs and desire for wealth and fame. And as time went by, year after year, harvest after harvest, the chief found ways to cope and put on a brave face. He never married, and never loved another but somehow he found a way to smile.
One harvest, word came from a far away land that war was upon the land and that a strange nation had invaded their shores. Their men were being enslaved and shipped off to lands beyond the horizon and their women were being raped and impregnated and enslaved. The chief of the far away village was calling for help because he knew that our chief was popular and that if he gave a summons, all the surrounding villages would join together and with numbers on their side, there was no way that this battle could be lost. But this chief who was calling for help was the one who had married our chief’s lost love. And he just could not bring himself to forgive her or look at the greater good. So instead of doing what was right, he did what was most natural in the carnal – he chose to punish her and declined to send help. Sadly, the entire land fell under the bow and arrow of the foreign army.
They say unforgiveness is like drinking poison and then expecting the other person to die. That is what the chief did. The poison had seeped so deep into his soul that he could not see beyond his hatred for the girl he once loved. The funny thing is that you cannot love so deeply and yet punish so severely – because love is pure. Once you speak of punishment you have crossed over from love – or you never loved at all.
Today I urge you to forgive. Let go. Stop drinking the poison and walk out of the prison you have built for yourself. Today I usher you into a new day, a new dawn, a new era, a new season, a new harvest.
Today I Empower you to take control of your destiny and your happiness.
You are Beautiful – Empowered – Visionary
You are @BeautifulPetal_