Season for Nonviolence: Day 20

Day 20: February 18

The thought for today is SELF-FORGIVENESS.

We’re hard on ourselves. The truth is, we probably find it easier to forgive others for their transgressions than we do ourselves. When people hurt us, we’ll offer them grace and tell ourselves that everyone makes mistakes; after all. we’re all human and nobody’s perfect. Yet, when we make bad choices, we’ll beat ourselves up for a very long time. While others get the benefit of the doubt, we feel like there is something fundamentally flawed about us.

But our identity transcends what we do and what we’ve not done. Who We Are is greater than our ‘sins of omission’ and ‘sins of commission.’ We are so much more than our actions. Our actions simply reveal current state of consciousness. They show the all too common faulty way that we think and feel about ourselves. If we can recognize this, we can let go of judgment of ourselves and each other. As we develop the habit of self-forgiveness, we’ll find it easier to avoid slipping into feelings of regret, anger, depression, and hopelessness.

From a Oneness consciousness, we know that to forgive self is to forgive all. Forgiveness is part of Love. Love and Peace will be our experience only if we learn forgiveness.

“Love is patient and kind… it keeps no record of being wronged.” – from 1 Corinthians 13

“True forgiveness is not an action after the fact; it is an attitude with which you enter each moment.” – David Ridge

Today, I take the attitude of forgiveness into each moment. Though my Divine Nature is Perfection, I realize that my ego-self is still being perfected and allow myself room to fall. This is how I learn and grow as a person. I need to be as Loving and compassionate with myself as I am with others, for this is the only way I will reveal the Presence of Peace in my life.

breathe Peace ~

Rev. Rebecca

About Rev. Rebecca

After 30 years of trying to avoid God, I finally gave up playing Jonah and answered Love's call to service by becoming an ordained New Thought minister. Since that day in 2007, I've counseled a lot of people, performed some weddings, been a publiic speaker, and done some non-profit board work. Opportunities for service are presenting themselves in new ways for the coming year and I look forward to more of Love unfolding in my life.
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