"'Love as Forgiveness
Forgiveness is virtually synonymous with healing. It is essential to wholeness. Forgiveness can be the most difficult and challenging of all spiritual practices, and yet it may be the most libertating and empowering. Author Sue Sikking writes:
"The greatest prescription for a healthy body and a full life is to forgive and forget, to cleanse our own mind that the divine plan of God may be set free to carry on its perfect work of renewal and re-creation."
Forgiveness is cleansing our minds so that the divine idea of wholeness can express itself unimpeded in our minds, bodies, and lives.
Forgiveness is very powerful and yet it is often very challenging. If we look at the condition of unforgiveness - resentment, hatred, guilt - we see that the common denominator is a sense of injustice, a sense that "somebody is wrong." "This should not have happened" or "they had no right to do this" are common thoughts upholding the feeling of unforgiveness. And because of what they did (or didn't) do, we may believe they are bad and deserve to be punished. (With guilt, similar thoughts occur, except they are directed towards oneself.)
Nevertheless, to forgive, we need to see that our sense of justice and fairness is a human sense of justice and fairness. Our human sense of reality is based upon our sense and our intellect. As humans we operate from appearances. To forgive, we need to surrender our belief in the ultimate reality of appearances and our own sense of justice to a higher reality . . .
To forgive we must let go of our personal views of justice and embrace a greater vision of justice and order."'
It is often said that appearances may be deceiving. I say that appearances are the very definition of deception!
Gene Ford Runnels