Personal Relationships

A stepwise process of forgiving others by the love of Christ

Forgiving others in our lives is very important for us despite the inner wounds that are caused by them. We are all created in the image and likeness of God, and he has created us to love others. The most significant example of forgiving one’s brothers is in the Old Testament when Joseph forgives his brothers even after they sold him into slavery to the Egyptians. (Genesis 45:1-15). When we are wronged, we can either respond by seeking revenge or we can choose to forgive. If we choose revenge, our lives will be consumed by anger, self-pity and hatred. When vengeance is sought, it still leaves one unsatisfied and empty for one cannot recover a lost friendship or relationship or a lost loved one. However, forgiveness allows us to shift our focus from an individual and move on. Eventually, it bestows us with inner peace within our hearts. Forgiving others is rewarding to the person who does so, and even to the one who receives forgiveness. It can also set a chain of positive events for him/her to do the same to others. Continue reading

Personal Relationships

Stumbling Blocks

A couple of days ago, I went for a tiatr titled: “From darkness to light“. The tiatr was brilliant, but what caught my attention was a scene right at the end. Cyrus and Roysten were best friends in high school. During that time Cyrus had introduced his friend to cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, pornography and much more. By the grace of God and with the help of numerous retreats, prayers and counselling sessions with priests, Cyrus was able to get out of his addiction. His friend however was unable to change, even though many sought to help him. His health kept deteriorating and ultimately he died. Continue reading