Life with forgiveness allows the fruits of the Spirit – hope, peace, and joy – to grow. KJE
Last night I wrote about living life without forgiveness. Tonight I am writing about life with forgiveness. We really do have a choice.
The tree stood tall alongside a younger tree of the forest. A woman sat on a log cut lengthwise. She contemplated the expression of another woman sitting adjacent. A decision point arrived for the younger individual.
“Listen to the whispers of the forest. What do you hear?”
“I don’t know. I’ve never listened to the trees before.”
“Listen to more than just the trees moving in the air. Close your eyes and remove the distractions of the other voices competing for your attention.”
The woman did as she was told. The women sat quietly.
“What did you hear this time?”
“I heard some kind of bird chirping. I heard the water lapping on the bank. Something was rustling to my left.”
“Good. Now you are ready to listen to the whispers. Let’s spend some more time blending into the forest, becoming a member.”
Again, the women were quiet for awhile.
“Now, open your eyes. What voice did you hear?”
“The voice was a knowing. I cannot compare what I heard to an audible sound.”
“So, when you were listening, what did you come to know?”
“I am part of something greater than just the world as I see it. I felt my muscles release tension I did not know I carried. I sensed something overwhelm me, as if arms were being wrapped around me.”
“And what words did you receive when those arms wrapped around you?”
“I was told that I was loved. I was told that I was forgiven. I need to forgive myself.”
“What does the word ‘forgiven’ mean?”
A pause ensued.
“Give. For- means extremely. Pardon. Stop being angry.”
“So, what does it mean to ‘forgive myself’?”
“I need to stop being angry with myself?”
“And what else?”
“When I am no longer angry I can experience love.”
“What else is possible for you to experience when you forgive?”
“Well, as I sit here, I recognize that I feel peaceful.”
“When peace is sustained, what else happens?”
“I know joy.”
The wind blew the boughs of the mature tree around the younger one. The expression of the women were of the same mind.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy…” Galations 5:22