Grudges and forgiveness
Grudges can become malicious pests that can distract a plant from flourishing into a tree it was destined to be. Grudges can invite vicious cycles of revenge that transcend generations. A grudge robs a person of their ability to take opportunities in life and leaves them anxious and stunted.
Maybe, in the same vein that we have infinite potential for growth, so too do we have an infinite ability to forgive. Moreover, forgiveness does not mean removing accountability and letting the wrongdoer off the hook. Forgiveness is giving a kind of tough love and faith that a person can be better than he was before. Forgiving allows the giver to receive a greater grace and the repentant an opportunity for grace.
And when we learn to forgive ourselves, we doubly benefit: receiving grace and a new opportunity to flourish.
Matthew 18:21-19:1. How often must I forgive?
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 223: AUGUST 11, 2022]