True Love Thursday is a weekly post series on the subject of love. I’ll talk about loving yourself and others to ways to making yourself a better person.
Today is another day of the All You Need Is Love Project by Carmen at ShuGar Love. Thank you to everyone who joined me last Thursday as I hosted this project. This week Fatima at Motherhood Through My Eyes is guest posting for the All You Need Is Love Project on ShuGar Love‘s website.
This week’s topic is: How is forgiveness an act of love and how do you do it? Check out last week’s topic.
I’ll answer this question by sharing a quote about forgiveness.
“There is no love without forgiveness and there is no forgiveness without love.” -Bryant H. McGill
This quote is very simple, but true. There may be times that you may get mad at your spouse for something they said (or vise versa). You love them, so you forgive them. When you won’t forgive, it’s harder to fully love them.
Some say forgiveness is a hard thing to do. It can be and can take a little time. You should be willing to do it. Forgiveness is important, because it is the right thing to do. Holding a grudge on someone is very hard on a person.
This quote tells what it takes to forgive.
“Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.” -Unknown
When I was a teenager, someone really hurt me. It was so hard to even talk about it. There aren’t very many people who knows about it. It took me several years to forgive that person. As they say, I forgave, but I didn’t forget. Now as an adult, it’s easier to talk about it. I forgive that person for what they did, but I wouldn’t want to see them again. I think that it would open up closed wounds so to speak.
What is your experience with forgiveness? It is easy for you to do?
5 thoughts on “Forgiveness is an Act of Love”
What a great post, very thought provoking. Yes I think to truly love someone you have to be able to forgive, AND move forward. Personally I find the forgiveness part easy. I don’t like holding on to the anger or negative feelings. It takes a lot of energy to do that, plus its not fun being hurt. As long as someone can ask for forgiveness I can do it. (And those that don’t ask, I do it for me). But its the learning to re-trust them that I find hard. I have a hard time with the forget part of Forgive and Forget.
Thanks! I don’t like holding a grudge either. For me, how long it takes to forgive someone depends on the situation. I really have to think about it. Then I get to a point where I’m ready to move on and forgive.
I really liked reading your thoughts on forgiveness, and you’re right, you may forgive but never forget. Pain is not an easy topic to discuss, but it’s always great to hear a wonderful outcome because of it.
Thanks! Sometimes it’s good to express your pain and how you were able to forgive.