This is one of the most underrated and I suspect misunderstood of these vital principles to a ‘happy’ and fulfilled life.
Lack of forgiveness is an illness. It eats away at a person. The real problem is not whether or not someone else has sought your forgiveness for something they did wrong towards you, but whether or not you have forgiven all those who have hurt you, whether knowingly, intentionally or unintentionally.
It is forgiving others that matters.
I have written a little on this in this blog site previously – please check out ‘Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness’
Because forgiving others frees us up inside to be more loving and more giving, it also frees us up inside to be more embracing of the joy and laughter and beauty that surrounds us. It can’t help but make us happier!
Of course the greatest examples and demonstrations of forgiveness are those where the Almighty forgives us!
Consider the great prophecy of Jeremiah 31:31-34
32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI.
33 “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
34 No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.” (CJB)The Coming Age of great peace, joy and happiness will occur ultimately thanks to the great forgiveness of YHVH!