We have been programmed to believe that being the first to forgive is extremely hard and challenging. But isn’t the weight of judgment that the ego has us carry — the constant thoughts that darken our days and the nights of tossing, turning and losing sleep — a much harder and heavier burden to bear? Sometimes we unconsciously choose the heavier burden of not forgiving because of our own guilt. This guilt reinforces in us the idea that we are not worthy of or able to make the choices that will lead us to peace. In essence, not forgiving another becomes an unconscious way of punishing ourselves — by withholding peace from ourselves. Today, let’s remind ourselves that God, being Love, desires that we, and all of His children, embody and reflect peace.
Today, let us become the hero of our own journey. No longer will we wait for another to take that first step toward forgiveness so that we can have peace. Today, we ourselves will take the first, second, and if need be, the third step toward forgiveness, freedom and peace. Today, let us decide that our past will no longer haunt us. Tonight, having chosen forgiveness over judgment, and thus being happy over being right, we will find true rest. Today, no matter how much the ego has programmed us to stay chained to the mindset of judgment, we will choose the freedom that forgiveness offers. When we forgive another, we free ourselves from carrying the burden of judgment — and in doing so, we return to the state of peace.
All glory to God.
Peace, Health, Happiness, Love, Laughter, and Light.
James Blanchard Cisneros
Author of the book “You Have Chosen to Remember”
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