December 2018 Daily Guides by Rev. Dr. John B. Waterhouse |
Forgive and Fulfill »
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On December 1, 2018, Rev. Dr. John Waterhouse reminds us that forgiveness is a choice. We always have the power to choose peace in our own minds over the condemnation of others.
Choose to Forgive
Affirmation: Today I choose to forgive and open my life to greater joy.
Everyone thinks forgiveness is a good idea until someone does something unforgivable to them. That may sound cynical, but it’s the reality of human nature. We have all been offended by the actions of others and always have the opportunity to let it go. But, why would we just let someone off the hook when they’d done such egregious things?
Chances are they want you to forgive them, but why should you? Holding their errant actions over their heads actually seems fitting after what they have done. Can you see how irrational such thinking can be? Playing victim is a downward spiral that pulls us into a dark place where heavenly thoughts do not reside.
We have no power over anyone other than ourselves, and in this scenario we are served by acting on our own best interest and letting go of those illusional reins. It is always best to choose peace of mind over the condemnation of others.
It’s not always an easy practice, but forgiveness is the best way to quell the emotional ravages of holding blame against another. This is a chance to make everyone’s life a little more peaceful.
I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.
— Gerald Jampolsky
We cannot afford to hold personal animosities or enmities against the world or individual members of society. All such thoughts are outside the law and cannot be taken into the heavenly consciousness.
— Ernest Holmes, “The Hidden Power of the Bible,” page 46