Nelson Mandela once said,”To deny people their rights is to challenge their very humanity.” Granted, he was referring to the hard to imagine reality of South Africa’s apartheid crisis, but his message can easily be projected onto many cultural crises in the world today.
I have always been keenly aware of the importance of forgiveness in my life. Just like the rest of the world, I’ve experienced more than my fair share of transgressions and struggled to forgive and move forward. There was a time though, I wasn’t the kind of person to let go of pain. This struggle to process pain and forgive was extremely difficult for me in my teenage years when belief was still a large part of my life.
God was always represented as being a comforter in times of hurt. Letting it all go to your heavenly father was the most repeated piece of advice I would receive from church members. It was always emphasized one must forgive their trespassers, just like the Lord’s Prayer says to do. And if you couldn’t forgive? Then you were sinning. Christian belief is such an emotionally vicious thing. It’s a never ending cycle of suppression and guilt. Suppressing your flesh’s desire to hold onto your anger, and being guilt ridden because you feel bad about yourself for having angrily suppressed feelings you aren’t supposed to be harboring to begin with.
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