31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Forgiveness is a great way to start the New Year, and a prime ingredient for recalibrating your most intimate relationships. Here’s why. God commands us to forgive. We know that when He commands us to do something, it’s for our benefit.
When you forgive, consider this:
Reflect on the bitterness that you may be harboring from a painful experience that may cause you to over react, and inhibit your ability to heal in the present. Recalibrate the relationship so that it is a better fit for where you are now. Incrementally utilize good or positive experiences to nudge out the bad. Master empathy. It is the key to overcoming resentment, misunderstanding, and bitterness. Release others from the responsibility to make it right. Forgiveness is NOT about the other person apologizing. It is NOT about excusing the offense. It is NOT dependent on another persons actions, but solely dependent on YOU. Forgiveness allows us to enter and maintain relationships without the ugly baggage that comes with the agents of unforgiveness: resentment and bitterness. It frees us from anger and strife. Start your New Year off in kindness, compassion, and most importantly, an inner peace that surpasses understanding.