When all has been said and done, forgiveness is indeed the true measure of love. Forgiveness is the alpha and the omega of any relationship. To be able to love someone truly, one must know how to fully forgive.
When we're hurting, the pain is sometimes so overwhelming that we want to be angry to that person who hurt us. We want to abhor that person and wish that we never knew him. We want to do everything it would take for us to forget about that person.
But holding on to anger won't set us free. It will only form an enormous shadow in our hearts that will only create more hatred, anger and pain.
So how do we forgive someone?
1. Acceptance - let's be honest, it's not easy to accept things especially when we're badly hurt and there's no timeline to do this. But we have to accept that we are not in control of everything and sometimes, we have to let things go and hope that there's something better in store for us. By holding on to anger, we are only prolonging our agony and the wound just keeps on getting deeper.
2. Being Grateful - instead of holding on to pain and focusing on the painful memories, try to look into the positive things in your life. Are we grateful that we woke up today? Are we grateful that we have something to eat today? Are we grateful that we have a place to stay? Sometimes we tend to ignore all the things that make our lives worth living. Think of all the things that make us feel blessed to have them.
3. Be Responsible for Your Part - they say that it takes two to tango and sometimes people find it hard to admit that they have faults. No one is perfect right? And admitting of our mistakes or shortcomings is just the mature thing to do. We grow and learn. Don't let our mistakes hold us back. Learn from them and strive to become a better person.
4. Be Kind Rather Than Right - this is the an idea that I've read from Wayne Dyer's article How to Forgive Someone Who Has Hurt You: In 15 Steps and this is true. Being kind never hurt anybody. By being right, we are only inflating our pride. And for us to truly forgive someone, we must forget about our pride or ego and show love and kindness.
Forgiving someone is not an easy thing to do but always the right thing to do. It will take time but what is important is that at the end of the day, we forgive and we forget.
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Princess from PH on August 25, 2017:
the only way to move on with life is to forgive, keeping the rage and sadness can affect your life and to continue enjoying, they have to come out somehow
MrManifesto from South Carolina on August 07, 2017:
a friend and i used to be friends until we had a fight about this one girl, he took it too far to humiliate me, it was funny at first but it changed me, i forgave him to what he did but we dont talk the way we did before
Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 07, 2017:
You can forgive someone who hurt you, but the hurt is still there and if that someone loves you he would not have hurt you in the first place.
When you are hurt by someone it changes everything and although you can forgive it will not make your relationship the way it was before.
Blessings, welcome to Hub Pages, I hope you will be happy here.
TimFilmoore from Los Angeles CA on August 06, 2017:
i had a girlfriend a few weeks ago but it ended quickly, she was wild and fun but she has her soft side, until she cheated on me, I'm still in the process of forgiving her, thanks for this great hub
Emilea Andrews from UK on August 05, 2017:
i remember the time when my partner and i fought and she hit me for the first time, i knew our relationship was going downhill, i was so furious til the last moments of our 'love', i thought i couldnt forgive him but i was able to let go and the burden in my heart was finally lifted, thank you
Clair Waldorf (author) on August 04, 2017:
Thank you so much.
Ed Palumbo from Tualatin, OR on August 04, 2017:
The concept of forgiveness is the evidence of emotional maturity. Time may provide some distance from the acute hurt and disappointment, but you've developed some excellent points. Putting them into practice is difficult, but some of Life's tests and lessons are difficult. Holding on to anger and resentment accomplishes nothing productive and is damaging to the spirit. I enjoyed this Hub.
Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on August 04, 2017:
Hi Clair, You are right about forgiving sets you free. I have found that out the hard way. Thanks for such an important hub subject.
Blessings to you.
Bing from Always Somewhere on August 04, 2017:
I still remember what happened, but the good times are what matters :)
MariaExcala from Germany on August 03, 2017:
i feel a lot better knowing what to do, thank you